How long does it take to decompose the film or bags with oxo-additives?
This is where a lot of controversy arises. Most people think that because the film or bags contain a degradable additive they will start falling apart as they pass the lip of the trash can. Paper doesn’t and neither will this material. Polyethylene without the degradable additives will take many years to break down in the environment – depending on the conditions of exposure to the elements. Polyethylene with degradable additive will take much less time (years less) in comparison under the same conditions again depending on the conditions of exposure to the elements. Degradable polyethylene buried in a landfill will not decompose any faster than paper or other organic materials. Landfills are not designed to encourage degradation on purpose to protect the ground water from harmful leachates. So the short answer is – it depends. Does oxo-degradable polyethylene meet the ASTM D6400 composting standard?Additionally, polyethylene with oxo-degradable additives will not meet the ASTM D6400 s