ASTM D5929 standard

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Aerobic biodegradability of plastic materials under controlled mesophilic composting conditions

ASTM D5929-18 test method determines the biodegradation properties of a material by reproducibly exposing materials to conditions typical of source-separated organic municipal solid waste (MSW) composting. A material is composted under controlled conditions using a synthetic compost matrix and determining the acclimation time, cumulative oxygen uptake, cumulative carbon dioxide production, and percent of theoretical biodegradation over the period of the test. Since the temperature can affect the biodegradation of some materials, this test is not intended to replicate conditions within municipal compost operations that reach thermophilic temperatures. 

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Read more about ASTM D5829-18 at astm.org

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