Work Item
ASTM WK75797

New Specification for Non-Floating Biodegradable Products in the Marine Environment

1. Scope

The development of test methods, specifications, recommended practices, nomenclature, definitions, and the stimulation of research relating to plastics, their raw materials, components, and compounding ingredients, and to finished products made from plastics such as sheets, rods, tubes, pipes, cellular materials, and molded or fabricated articles.

Keywords

biodegradable; marine biodegradable; labeling; aerobic; marine environment

Rationale

There is an industry need for a standardized approach to demonstrate product conformance for biodegradability in a marine environment. Currently, with no active ASTM specification standard, state and organizations are developing their own methods or prohibiting the use of terminology that implies biodegradation in a marine environment. The need to reestablish a specification standard in this area, with a cooperative industry approach, is critical. Users will include, academia, testing labs, government and industry manufacturing.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

Details

Developed by Subcommittee: D20.96

Committee: D20

Staff Manager: Alyson Fick

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-08-2021

Technical Contact: Scott Wollack

Item: 001

Ballot: D20.96 (21-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item