• With energy prices low to make new plastic and without a profitable market in which to sell recycled plastic, it’s not cost-effective for recycling companies in developed countries to process it. Therefore, many sell it to developing nations where the same recycling capabilities don’t exist = Landfill! Once biodegradable products hit the landfill, they are as good as any other trash material.
  • If a biodegradable plastic is trapped between two not-biodegradable items, none of them will ever biodegrade.
  • When inaccurately labeled “biodegradable” materials go through municipal composting facilities, they contaminate water and soil because of the chemical compounds they leave behind and ruin the entire process.
  • Soil has a high diversity of microorganisms making it easier for biodegradation. However, bioplastics in soil environments need high temperatures and a longer time to biodegrade away from other non-biodegradable substances. There is no where we can provide this.
  • Some bioplastics biodegrade more efficiently in water bodies and marine systems; however, this causes danger to marine ecosystems and freshwater because of the toxic byproducts.