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BNQ Releases Compostable Plastic Bag Certification Program

The Bureau de normalisation du Qubec (BNQ) has identified the specific product as well as certification requirements for compostable plastic bag claims made in Canada. The dynamics of the criteria fo...


The Bureau de normalisation du Qubec (BNQ) has identified the specific product as well as certification requirements for compostable plastic bag claims made in Canada. The dynamics of the criteria focused significantly on ensuring compliance within composting “time” parameters as well as end-product quality criteria that may impact composting facility operations in Canada.

Manufacturers/marketers of compostable plastic bags wishing to obtain the use of the Canadian logo have two options:

1) Provide the BNQ with existing test results as conducted by an internationally-recognized testing agency.

2) Request BNQ to provide full testing according to the Canadian certification standard.

Upon confirmation that the product complies with the Canadian standard, the BNQ will then provide the applicant with the right to use the Canadian “compostable” logo. Recyc-Qubec, Ville de Montral, the Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Alberta and Manitoba gave financial and in-kind support for this review and certification process.

The second phase of the process — extending certification discussions of the use of the word “compostable” for other “plastic” products — is currently in process of seeking funding support.


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