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This test method was designed to index plastic materials, which are more or less biodegradable relative to a standard in aerobic activated-sludge-treatment systems.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee D20 on Plastics, this test method was withdrawn in January 2011 in accordance with section 10.5.3.1 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This test method is designed to index plastic materials which are more or less biodegradable relative to a standard in aerobic activated-sludge-treatment systems.
1.2 This test method is designed to be applicable to all plastic materials that are not inhibitory to the bacteria present in the activated sludge. Compounds with toxic properties may delay or inhibit the degradation process.
1.3 This test method measures the degree and rate of aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials (including formulation additives which may be biodegradable) on exposure to activated-sludge biomass in the concentration range from 0.1 to 2.5 g/L mixed-liquor volatile suspended solids (MLVSS) under laboratory conditions.
1.4 The high MLVSS concentration relative to other biodegradation tests has the advantage of improved repeatability and increased likelihood of more rapid adaptation or acclimation of the biomass.
1.5 This test method allows for the determination of biological nitrification and the oxidation of other non-carbon components of the plastic.
1.6 This test method does not purport to determine whether or not a plastic material will pass through primary treatment to the aeration basin of an activated-sludge wastewater-treatment plant. The size or density of the plastic material may exclude it from the secondary-treatment stage of a treatment facility.
1.7 This test method is equivalent to ISO 14851.
1.8 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety problems, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. For a specific hazards statement, see Section 8.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics
D1193 Specification for Reagent Water
D1898 Practice for Sampling of Plastics
D2579 Test Methods for Total and Organic Carbon in Water
D3593 Test Method for Molecular Weight Averages and Molecular Weight Distribution of Certain Polymers by Liquid Size-Exclusion Chromatography (Gel Permeation Chromatography GPC) Using Universal Calibration
D5209 Test Method for Determining the Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials in the Presence of Municipal Sewer Sludge
APHA-AWWA-WPCF Standards2540E Fixed and Volatile Solids Ignited at 550C
ISO StandardISO 14851 Determination of the Ultimate Aerobic Biodegradability of Plastic Materials in an Aqueous Medium - Method by Measuring the Oxygen Demand in a Closed Respirometer
ASTM D5271-02, Standard Test Method for Determining the Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials in an Activated-Sludge-Wastewater-Treatment System (Withdrawn 2011), ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2002, www.astm.orgBack to Top