In addition to meeting the technical standards in the certification scheme and the BPI Certification Mark requirements in the License Agreement, all products, packages and materials must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • The item must be associated with desirable organic wastes, like food scraps and yard trimmings, that are collected for composting.

  • The item cannot be a redesign of an item that is a better fit for recycling based on existing demand, infrastructure, and consumer awareness (e.g., water bottles).

  • The item cannot require disassembly in order to be composted.

A detailed list of In Scope (Eligible) and Out of Scope (Ineligible without approval) items is available in Appendix B of the BPI Certification Scheme

Don't see your item on the In Scope list?  Companies who wish to have an item considered for eligibility by the BPI Composter and Municipality Advisory Panel can submit their request here.   

Special Policies
For some items, BPI has specific policies and requirements in order for products to be eligible. Those policies are available here:

Regional Pilot Projects, Closed-Loop Venues, Take-Back Programs
As per BPI’s Eligibility Requirements in Appendix B of the Certification Scheme, ineligible items may be considered for regional pilot projects, closed-loop venues, and take-back programs.  
These are granted on a case-by-case basis, with approval decided by the Executive Director and BPI Board of Directors, after consultation with BPI’s Composter and Municipality Advisory Panel.

Please use this form to submit an application for one of these projects. 

BPI is a science-driven organization that supports a shift to the circular economy by promoting the production, use, and appropriate end of lives for materials and products that are designed to fully biodegrade in specific biologically active environments.

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