From microwave to mushrooms – compostable DualPakECO trays

From microwave to mushrooms – compostable DualPakECO trays

DualPakECO trays are certified compostable to the Australian standard AS4736 2006. They are made in Australia with paper coated on the inside with BASF biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606.

Composting trials have shown that the DualPakECO trays break down into water, carbon dioxide and nutrient-rich compost within four to six weeks under commercial composting conditions.

Composting is the most resource-efficient process for food waste recycling. DualPakECO supports a circular economy as it contributes to the diversion of food waste and food-soiled packaging from landfills, thus avoiding associated greenhouse gas emissions.

This new certified compostable solution is an alternative to conventional PET packaging for ready-to-eat and delivered meals. Food-soiled PET packaging is not suitable for recycling so ends up in landfill.

Commercial composting is an integral part of a circular economy where organic waste can be turned into a valuable resource rather than be disposed of in landfill or incinerated.

Compost from organic recycling can be used in agriculture to improve degraded soils and return organic matter to soils ensuring future productivity. The new packaging solution is suitable for organics recycling such as the Australian FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics).

This curbside collection service allows food scraps to be added to the garden waste bin so they can be recycled into high-quality compost. Through the National Waste Policy Plan, Australia’s states and territories have committed themselves to increasing FOGO collection services, agreeing to introduce them to all households and businesses by the end of 2023.

DualPakECO trays can be frozen or refrigerated and are ovenable for 40 minutes, up to 180 degrees as well as being microwave safe. They can go from the freezer to microwave to the table to the composting facility and back to the farm to help provide nutrients for the next crop.

Finding a market for any recycled material is critical to the success of a circular economy, ensuring resources retain value through the process. Composting is the ultimate in recycling as the result can be so beneficial to agriculture and viticulture, as well as the environment.

Compost and mulch can improve soil quality and assist with water retention and drought mitigation.

All organic materials contain both carbon and nitrogen – green materials like garden waste and food scraps are richer in nitrogen and brown materials such as straw, sawdust and paperboard are richer in carbon. The perfect recipe for optimum biological activity and efficient compost production requires a balance of carbon and nitrogen in the material being composted.

Packaging like DualPakECO trays can become an essential part of the composting process, reducing waste to landfill, creating a valuable resource, balancing production and helping to nourish the plants that put food on the table.

For more information visit www.confoil.com.au.

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