To ensure that the products you buy and use are truly compostable, BPI created an innovative certification program in 1999.
Member companies that have their finished products certified as meeting ASTM D6400 and / or ASTM D6868 can use the logo to provide assurance of compostability or biodegradability.
The symbol is designed for use on products and packages. Now consumers, composters, waste haulers and officials can now easily distinguish those plastic products designed to biodegrade quickly, completely and safely, when composted in well-run municipal and commercial facilities. No plastic residues will be left behind to destroy the value of the finished compost.
The BPI Logo now contains a unique certification number in the lower right corner, allowing you to identify the manufacturer or distributor of an approved product.
Products are tested in approved, independent laboratories. BPI's scientists check the data to verify that the products meet requirements in ASTM Specifications D6400 or D6868. The ASTM Specifications used by the BPI resulted from eight years of intensive work by leading scientists, resin producers and the composting industry.
Passing these specifications mean that a product will biodegrade completely, quickly and safely-just like kraft paper, yard trimmings and food scraps. ASTM D6400 is designed to cover plastic films and bags. ASTM D6868 is for packaging that is designed to be composted, including plastic coated paper and board.
Ordinary non-biodegradable plastics cost the composting industry millions of dollars every year, according to the US Composting Council. Ordinary plastics increase both processing and disposal costs and decrease the value of the finished compost. Using products which carry the Compostable Logo can help eliminate these added costs.
The BPI Compostable Logo program is recognized throughout North America (from San Francisco to Prince Edward Island in Canada) as the standard for approved biodegradable products in organics diversion programs.