Workshop: Biological degradation of bioplastics

SESSION E15 / / 09:00 - 10:40
Workshop: Biological degradation of bioplastics
Chair / Presidente: M.C. Lavagnolo (IT)

Many countries recently defined a target for the reduction, within a specific time range, of the single-use plastic items. Biodegradable bioplastic is considered one of the substitute material, due to its cleaner production chain and the possibility to be composted and biodegraded.
Both aerobic (composting) and anaerobic full scale treatment plants are facing different critical issues that need to be discussed to find the proper solutions.
What really happen to bioplastics in a composting plant? Is composting a proper treatment?
What methodologies can be used to understand the effectiveness of bioplastic degradation?
Is bioplastic a good substitute of conventional polyethylene for food waste collection bags?
During the workshop, the participants will try to clarify some controversial aspects providing a scientific support to the current debate.

Introductory lectures:

G. Dolci, M. Grosso, A. Catenacci, F. Malpei, R. Fancello (IT)
Evaluation of the performances of paper and bioplastic bags in the management of food waste

F. Ruggero, E. Carretti, T. Lotti, C. Lubello, R. Gori (IT)
A synergic approach using different methodologies to monitor bioplastic film degradation during composting

10:40 - 11:10 Coffee break