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    ASTM D6400-12

    Standard Specification for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities


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    1. Scope

    1.1 This specification covers plastics and products made from plastics that are designed to be composted under aerobic conditions in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities, where thermophilic conditions are achieved.

    1.2 This specification is intended to establish the requirements for labeling of materials and products, including packaging made from plastics, as compostable in aerobic municipal and industrial composting facilities.

    1.3 The properties in this specification are those required to determine if end items (including packaging), which use plastics and polymers as coatings or binders will compost satisfactorily, in large scale aerobic municipal or industrial composting facilities. Maximum throughput is a high priority to composters and the intermediate stages of plastic disintegration and biodegradation not be visible to the end user for aesthetic reasons.

    1.4 The following safety hazards caveat pertains to the test methods portion of this standard: This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate health and safety practices and to determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.

    Note 1—This test method is equivalent to ISO 17088.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    Comite Europeen de Normalisation (CEN)

    EN 13432: 2000, 2000 CEN/TC 261/SC 4 N 99 PackagingRequirements for Packaging Recoverable through Composting and BiodegradationTest Scheme and Evaluation Criteria for the Final Acceptance of Packaging (EN 13432)

    Organization for Economic Development (OECD) Standard

    OECD Guideline 208 Terrestrial Plant Test: Seedling Emergence and Seedling Growth Test

    ASTM Standards

    D883 Terminology Relating to Plastics

    D5338 Test Method for Determining Aerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials Under Controlled Composting Conditions, Incorporating Thermophilic Temperatures


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 83.080.01 (Plastics in general)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


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    DOI: 10.1520/D6400-12

    Citation Format

    ASTM D6400-12, Standard Specification for Labeling of Plastics Designed to be Aerobically Composted in Municipal or Industrial Facilities, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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