Bioplastics are becoming more and more widespread as substitutes for petroleum-derived plastics due to their biodegradability. Bioplastics degradation under different environments has been described and reported to depend mainly on bioplastics’ compositions and the environmental conditions. Incomplete degradation during waste management processes and leakage of bioplastics into the environment are becoming major concerns that need to be further investigated. In this context, the present paper aimed to review recent literature dealing with biodegradation of bioplastics under industrial (e.g. anaerobic digestion and composting) and natural (e.g. soil and water) environments, and to link it to the potential bioplastics’ leakage into the environment. Reviewed data were used to estimate the potential role of waste management processes in decreasing the potential leakage of bioplastics. Depending on bioplastics’ type and processing conditions, waste management can effectively reduce bioplastics’ potential leakage, decreasing the concentration of these materials that can reach the natural environments.

The role of waste management in reducing bioplastics’ leakage into the environment: A review / M. Cucina, P. De Nisi, F. Tambone, F. Adani. - In: BIORESOURCE TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 0960-8524. - 337(2021 Oct), pp. 125459.1-125459.12. [10.1016/j.biortech.2021.125459]

The role of waste management in reducing bioplastics’ leakage into the environment: A review

M. Cucina
Primo
;
P. De Nisi
Secondo
;
F. Tambone
Penultimo
;
F. Adani
Ultimo
2021

Abstract

Bioplastics are becoming more and more widespread as substitutes for petroleum-derived plastics due to their biodegradability. Bioplastics degradation under different environments has been described and reported to depend mainly on bioplastics’ compositions and the environmental conditions. Incomplete degradation during waste management processes and leakage of bioplastics into the environment are becoming major concerns that need to be further investigated. In this context, the present paper aimed to review recent literature dealing with biodegradation of bioplastics under industrial (e.g. anaerobic digestion and composting) and natural (e.g. soil and water) environments, and to link it to the potential bioplastics’ leakage into the environment. Reviewed data were used to estimate the potential role of waste management processes in decreasing the potential leakage of bioplastics. Depending on bioplastics’ type and processing conditions, waste management can effectively reduce bioplastics’ potential leakage, decreasing the concentration of these materials that can reach the natural environments.
Anaerobic digestion; Bioplastic; Biodegradation; Composting; Leakage;
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