P lastic packaging labelled "biodegradable" or "compostable" is misleading because most does not break down naturally and ends up polluting the environment, scientists have said. Experts from University College London (UCL) have criticised companies which sell products such as "eco-friendly" nappies, bags or cutlery without telling consumers it require industrial processors to break them down. The team said the UK has too few plants capable of recycling the material – around 170 – meaning much ends up in landfill. Consumers also mistakenly add "compostable" plastic waste to their food or garden compost, where it decomposes barely any quicker than normal plastic waste. The comments follow a recent study by the University of Plymouth which found that biodegradable plastic bags were still capable of being used as bags three years after being buried underground because they had degraded so little.
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