Biodegradation Additive Certification
  • Member companies’ product biodegradability marketing claims will be backed up by the PEC’s certification of biodegradability in a defined, comprehensive cross-section of landfill and/or other appropriate disposal venues.
  • Each member company's product would carry the PEC’s certification mark, with the PEC’s recommendation as to proper use of the mark.
  • The PEC will provide full scientific support and documentation to back up any and all claims, and provide appropriate qualifications, to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

Regulatory Compliance Consultation and Advice
  • The PEC will provide consulting services to member company legal and marketing staffs to provide specific scientific review and support for marketing claims, and to their client base to educate audiences about the science behind the certification programs.
  • The PEC will maintain an ongoing periodic mandatory compliance program to keep certification ratings and marks current and compliant.

Assurance of Recycling and Recycle Stream Compatibility
  • Full compatibility of member companies’ biodegradable products with in-place infrastructures (eg:  recycle streams) to be similarly scientifically backed up and certified.
  • The PEC will provide technical support for members’ programs directed at the recyclability of their products, the qualification of and incorporation of cost-effective recycled materials in their products, and any aspect of sustainability that may be in play.

Representation of PEC member positions to governmental and regulatory organizations, as well as NGO's.

PEC will actively promote members' biodegradability technology positions and products with state and Congressional legislators, and with NGO's such as the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Association of Postconsumer Recyclers (APR), trhe Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and others.

  • Pro-active outreach programs regarding the environmental and economic benefits of biodegradation additives will be prepared and presented.

  • Unfavorable legislative and inhibitory and/or prohibitive regulatory initiatives will be challenged with thorough scientifically-determined facts, appropriate projections of the economic consequences, etc.  

Develop joint pilot and full-scale demonstration programs for waste biodegradable plastics as incremental energy sources for biologically active landfills.

  • The PEC will seek to enter into joint development programs with the EPA, with key interested states as well as the DoD, and with landfill management companies.

  • The objective if these programs is to demonstrate the technology and techniques to promote the effective biodegradation of plastics in landfills.

  • These projects will serve further to develop a firm, quantitative relationship between laboratory tests such as the ASTM D5511-11 procedure and full-scale landfill biodegradation of plastic rates over a wide range of natural conditions.