Biodegradable Materials

Recycling is not always the most effective method of disposing of materials. It is possible for many renewable materials to be composted. However, the benefits of composting biodegradable materials are dependent on effective systems being in place to ensure that the materials are treated correctly. If these systems are not in place then biodegradable materials can have negative impacts such as contaminating plastics recycling.

environmental sustainability Pros: In a properly closed loop system, nutrients can be returned to the soil and waste is minimised
Cons: If the proper systems are not in place then biodegradable materials may end up in landfill
financial sustainability Pros: Composted materials can have some agricultural/horticultural value
Cons: Can be more expensive than standard materials. Infrastructures could be costly.
social sustainability Pros: