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The European Union actively responds to the emerging challenges of biodegradable plastics

biodegradable plastics is widely recognized as an alternative solution to the global problem of waste plastic governance, and continues to attract the investment enthusiasm and high attention of the whole society. Although they have also received reports from the public that biodegradable plastic products currently account for only a small part of the EU plastic market, the EU's large-scale industrial capacity of biodegradable plastics has increased from 230000 tons/year in 2007 to 930000 tons/year in 2011

the European Commission pointed out that the term "biodegradable" itself may cause misunderstanding among consumer users. For example, biodegradable plastics may be interpreted as suitable for the natural degradation of farm household compost. In fact, the vast majority of biodegradable plastic materials with extremely low thermal conductivity must be biodegradable under specific high-temperature and humid environmental conditions by using professional industrial composting infrastructure, that is, it is impossible to apply to farm household composting, and it is impossible to have good electrical performance degradation in a reasonable time. It has been put on the agenda of the European Union to strictly distinguish between domestic natural degradable and industrial degradable plastic products, and actively guide consumer users to adopt appropriate post-treatment methods for waste biodegradable plastic products. Member states are required to strictly implement the products with biodegradable labels, which can only be applied to products that are biodegradable in a short time under natural conditions

the European Commission requires Member States to take seriously the oxide components used in the reinforced biodegradable plastics, usually metal salts, the residual disposal after biodegradation and the disposal of micro plastic fragments after oxidation, pyrolysis and ultra ultraviolet (UV) light treatment. Up to now, there is still a lack of reliable scientific data on the environmental impact of biodegradable microplastics. At least, micro plastic residual debris can finally reach the ocean through various paths, increasing the risk of marine animal and plant intake for the production of plastic inspection wells by customers. The waste biodegradable plastics contain oxides, which increases the considerable additional cost of waste plastic recycling

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