Understanding Packaging Eco Definitions For Waste Streams

To ensure we limit the environmental impact caused by packaging, it is important that we know what waste stream should be used to dispose of the packaging when we are finished using it.

To make this easier for you to understand, we have detailed below the definitions of the three main waste streams used for food packaging.


Able to decay naturally and in a way that is not harmful. Biodegradable packaging helps to limit the amount of harmful chemicals released into the atmosphere.


Compostable products must be certified to EN13432. This means they will decompose into compost in between 60-90 days in industrial compost facilities. You will need to separate your waste and ensure it is sent to Industrial Composting. Compostable products are generally not recyclable.


Disposal in general waste bin going to landfill or incineration.


Materials that can recycled in typical household recycling bins.


Materials that once used can be reprocessed into new products.