News and Testimonials

14/04/2011 - Testimonials

Composting, or the biological process of organic material breaking down and turning back into nutrient rich soil, is finally being recognized as an effective and ecological means of treating green waste. L’École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS) of Montréal, Québec, a school of the University of Québec specialized in applied engineering and technology transfer, has been actively promoting composting and its benefits in accordance with their Policy on Sustainable Development adopted in 2008.
ETS selected Polykar’s compostable bags for this initiative and has been using them to transfer organic waste collected from 26 composting bins in two of their pavilions. ETS’s composting project is part of a larger program whose goal is to promote sustainable development. According to Jérémie Forget, director of the composting program at ETS, “Polykar’s compostable bags were chosen to develop compost collection throughout campus because they are made locally and the quality is good.”


Efficient bin labelling across campus contributes to participation in the program.

ETS, which is comprised of approximately 5500 students, has put in place an efficient three-tiers source separated organics program which includes separating waste into different bins, having the kitchen staff verify the bins, and making a final check of the content when emptying the bins into Polykar’s bags for transport to the composting facilities. Polykar’s compostable bags facilitate compost collection as they are easy to manipulate, lightweight, more practical than paper bags, and waterproof. They are certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ), and meet the North American standards of compostability set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM-D6400). Polykar’s compostable bags are manufactured and marketed in Canada following an exclusive co-branding agreement with BASF, the world leader in the development of compostable plastic resins.


Polykar's compostable bags are certified by the BNQ, the BPI, and meet the ASTM-D6400 standards requiring these bags to biodegrade in a composting site in less than 180 days.

ETS has realized that the benefits of composting are worth all this effort. Compost (lawn and leaf waste, kitchen waste, and other organic matter) can account for up to 50%-60% of total waste. If compost is diverted from landfills, scarce and precious landfill space will be preserved and greenhouse gas emissions like methane and carbon dioxide will be significantly reduced. Compost, which is made up of rich nutrients and has good water-holding capacity, will decrease the need for fertilizers and water and thus reduce financial and environmental costs. It is clear that composting can contribute to a healthier planet!
ETS is also in the process of developing a new facet to their composting program which would take off sometime in 2011. Organic waste would be collected not only on campus but also from the kitchenettes of the campus dorms, proving that compost collection at ETS could serve as a model for those institutions looking to start their own composting program.
Amir Karim
Vice-President, Business Development
Polykar, a family business founded in 1987, is a manufacturer of polyethylene film, garbage bags and food packaging. In 2003, the Saint-Laurent facility obtained the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications simultaneously. Polykar received the ICI ON RECYCLE! Award from Recyc-Québec for excellence in waste management. Polykar is a member of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), of the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) and of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) and the Compost Council of Canada (CCC).

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