RECYCLABLE, BIODEGRADABLE, COMPOSTABLE – WHICH IS BEST?

By Kristyn Jones, Account Executive

RECYCLABLE

If something is recyclable, it means that the item can be collected, reprocessed, and reused in manufacturing to make a new item.

BIODEGRADABLE

If something is biodegradable, it means that the item can break down naturally into organic material quicker than non-biodegradable materials, but in an undefined time window.

COMPOSTABLE

If something is compostable, it means that the item will break down to biomass at the same rate as other organic materials, such as plants. Contrary to biodegradable items, compostable materials leave no reside after about 90 days.

All of these options are better than nothing, but you might be wondering which of these options is the best. Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons:

Recyclable Pros
  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Aids in reducing the microplastics in the environment
  • Saves energy
  • Reduces pollution
Biodegradable Pros
  • Often dissolves in marine environments
  • Breaks down with exposure to oxygen and light if loose in the environment
Compostable Pros
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