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22-09-2019, 08:14   #1
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Photodegradable plastic

I bought a few lengths of horticultural fleece from the garden centre.

Unlike previous batches they have very swiftly degraded into small pieces .

I assume this is from exposure to sunlight (and the wind).

Can I just allow this to go into the soil or should I attempt to gather up the pieces and put them in my waste bin?

Will they be harmful to soil life ?(or sea life if they get into the water)
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22-09-2019, 10:15   #2
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I assume you don't still have the label? Or have access to the shop with the same brand to check the label,
If it didn't specifically say compostable then err on the side of caution and collect it and bin it.. Its just plastic... I wouldn't get hung up on tiny pieces, just get what you can...
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I could just ask the garden centre.

If as I assume it is just the same as the previous type but without the anti uv rays additive ,would it be better to try and resource the old kind which is longer lasting or is there any benefit to this product which seems to break down within a few weeks?
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Even if it was sold as biodegradeable that's no guarantee it won't leave a plastics residue after degrading - and possibily a significant volume.
There are no standards or certification in place to define what can be labelled "biodegradeable". Some require special treatment/conditions to ensure successful degradation.

I take the view that only the label "compostable" will reassure me - a little. And even then there's a distinction between home compostable and "special treatment" compostable.
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Talking of plastic, I cannot recycle soft plastic. Sweet wrappers, bread wrappers etc - are they plastic or paper? Thanks.
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04-10-2020, 21:03   #6
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A lot of biodegrable plastic is. Not
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A lot of biodegrable plastic is. Not
? Sorry. I don't understand your answer.
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i assume he means that a lot of plastic touted as biodegradable is not.
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Some plastics "break down" so that there's now lots of little pieces that aren't as visibly obvious as larger ones.
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Slightly off topic but hopefully relevant

"Plastic-Eating Super Enzyme Could Help Solve the Plastic Waste Crisis"

https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-eat...4#rebelltitem4
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Some plastics "break down" so that there's now lots of little pieces that aren't as visibly obvious as larger ones.
Quickly become the micro plastics that we're freaking out over ...
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Slightly off topic but hopefully relevant

"Plastic-Eating Super Enzyme Could Help Solve the Plastic Waste Crisis"

https://www.ecowatch.com/plastic-eat...4#rebelltitem4



Thread here: https://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/show...p?t=2058068577
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i assume he means that a lot of plastic touted as biodegradable is not.
Yes but what do I do with sweet wrappers, bread wrappers etc? Recycling bin or wet bin?
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Yes but what do I do with sweet wrappers, bread wrappers etc? Recycling bin or wet bin?

Waste bin.
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Talking of plastic, I cannot recycle soft plastic. Sweet wrappers, bread wrappers etc - are they plastic or paper? Thanks.



Some amenity tips take "soft plastic" wrappers e.g. Cork, Kinsale Rd. Even though they don't advertise the fact.
It's worth checking locally - in person or by phone maybe.


Lots more plastic with bread wrappers these days.
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