Bio-Based and Biodegradable Plastics: An Assessment of the Value Chain for Bio-Based and Biodegradable Plastics in Norway

14th January 2019

by Simon Hann, Rosy Scholes

We produced this report for the Norwegian Environment Agency alongside Norwegian consultancy Mepex.

The report gives an overview of the value chain for bio-based and biodegradable plastics on a global and national scale.

Our team identified the challenges that biodegradable plastic products cause in the Norwegian waste handling system, including:

  • Contamination and loss of quality when mixed with fossil fuel-based plastics for recycling;
  • The lack of infrastructure available to process compostable material;
  • Biodegradable plastic residue causing mechanical difficulties for equipment;
  • The current sorting process removes all plastic-looking items from the food waste stream.

The report covers a wide range of different bio-based and biodegradable materials, maps the process routes throughout the value chain, and identifies global markets as well as the impact on the Norwegian market itself. It also conducts a thorough assessment on Norway’s waste management systems and how these are affected by bio-based and biodegradable plastics.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and provide a few details about yourself to access the download.