NSF to Handle Testing, Verification for Compostable Certification Program

January 19, 2012

The program verifies that plastic materials will compost in a municipal or commercial facility, without leaving toxic or lingering plastic.

The Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has appointed NSF International (Ann Arbor, MI) to handle the testing and verification arm of its Certified Compostable program. Using American Society of Testing and Materials standards, the program aims to verify that plastic materials-including those for packaging-will compost in a municipal or commercial facility, without leaving toxic or lingering plastic.

NSF’s sustainability division will handle aspects of the certification process, including initial application, product reviews, testing, and verifying compliance with the program’s requirements. However, BPI will continue handling the actual licensing of the program’s certification logo, which identifies certified products.