Home and garden composting
DIN CERTCO Gesellschaft für Konformitätsbewertung mbH offers certification for products made from biodegradable materials which are compatible with home and garden composting. It awards the "DIN-Geprüft home compostable" mark for this, along with an individual registration number. Compostability linked with biodegradability represents an important element of the recycle management system.
Identification and, thus, the return of products into the materials cycle is only made possible by certification and by a system of unique labelling.
Consequently, the mark serves both as information and as advertising both for consumers and waste management operators. This quality mark serves to document that you as a manufacturer or as a supplier have subjected your products to neutral, independent and transparent testing and assessment by a neutral third party
DIN-Geprüft Home Compostable
The internationally recognised "DIN-Geprüft" mark from DIN CERTCO can now also be awarded to products which can be composted in the garden.
Certification is possible on the basis of the following current standard:
- NF T51-800 "Plastics - Specifications for plastics suitable for home composting"
Scope of Testing
The following tests are required in accordance with the standard mentioned above:
- Chemical characterisation
- Test for ultimate biodegradability
- Disintegration under laboratory scale conditions
- Plant compatibility (ecotoxicity test)
- Earthworm toxicity test (AS 5810 only)
These tests ensure that the produced compost supports normal plant growth.
Thanks to the modular nature of the certification scheme, the scope of testing can be minimised, for example, by using materials which have already been tested and registered. Testing is also minimised by using additives which have already been certified.
The inspection must be carried out in a testing laboratory which has been approved by DIN CERTCO.
We operate worldwide
For certifications, according to the AS 5810 standard in the Australia and New Zealand (Australasia) markets, DIN CERTCO cooperates with the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) and the certification system there.
Especially fort he UK market, we cooperate with the Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL) and the respective certification system .
With us, you have an experienced partner and independent third party for the certification of your home compostable products at your side. And with our expertise, you will make the decision for a suitable manufacturer and supplier of biodegradable products in all global markets easier for your customers.
If you would like to use our internationally recognized certification marks to prove the compostability of your products, contact our experts now!
Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA)
The basis of the certification of the Australasian Bioplastics Association (ABA) for the Australian market is the standard AS 5810 "Biodegradable plastics — Biodegradable plastics suitable for home composting"
Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL)
The basis of certification for the Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL) ‘Home Compostable’ mark for the UK market are the standards NF T 51-800 and/or AS 5810. More information on how to join REAL’s Compostable Materials Certification Scheme can be found on https://www.compostablematerials.org.uk/
Materials (for example granulates) and semi-finished items (for example films) can be certified. Certification is valid for six years and accords the right to use the mark for marketing and advertisement purposes.
Products destined for commercial use, such as shopping bags or waste bags, can be certified. Certification is valid for five years and the certificate holder is accorded the right to use the "DIN-Geprüft home compostable" mark.
All registered or certified products undergo regular verification by means of IR spectroscopy. Chemical characterisation also has to be conducted once during the term of the certificate validity.
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