Australian Standard (AS) 4736 represents that the plastic material is biodegradable and compostable in Australia. This was created by the Standards Australia and certified by the Australian Bioplastic Association.

In order to comply to such standards, the following must be met: (1) a minimum of 90% biodegradation of plastic materials within 180 days, (2) a minimum of 90% of plastic materials should disintegrate into less than 2 mm pieces in compost within 12 weeks, (3) there should be no toxic effect to compost, plants and earthworms, (4) hazardous substances such as heavy metals should not be present above maximum allowed level, and (5) that the plastic materials should contain more than 50% organic materials.

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