18th INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON WASTE MANAGEMENT
AND SUSTAINABLE LANDFILLING / 11-15 OCTOBER 2021

Workshop: Bioplastics in waste management: solution or new problem

SESSION D08 / 13 October 2021 / 11:00 - 12:30

Workshop: Bioplastics in waste management: solution or new problem

Chair / Presidente: Christian Zafiu (AT)


This workshop will address the topics covering i) an overview on plastic pollution in the environment – especially in and along rivers and the relative contribution of bioplastic. ii) A comprehensive introduction into bioplastics and present main features of the test procedures that are used to investigate the content of biogenic carbon and the properties of degradability. iii) We will report on own results from laboratory-based investigations and field tests on degradability of different materials (e.g. plastic bags for collection of biowastes). iv) We will report and discuss the influence of micro- and bioplastics on soil physics and organisms. v) Based on the presented topics, we’ll organize discussion groups to exchange opinions and experience with plastic pollution and bioplastics. Introductory lectures:

  • G. Obersteiner (AT)

    Littering - (Bio)Plastics in the environment

  • E. Binner (AT)

    Definition of bioplastics, test proceedings for testing biodegradability, do we like biodegradable plastics in composting plants

  • C. Zafiu (AT)

    Laboratory and field studies on biodegradability of bioplastics

  • C. Zafiu (AT)

    Influence of microplastics on the soil and soil organisms