06 November 2012 16:15 [Source: ICIS news]
BERLIN (ICIS)--European Bioplastics is to establish separate branches within its central organisation to better address the concerns of the different industries it represents, the trade body said on Tuesday.
The industry association is to establish divisions for bio-based materials and for compostable materials, to better address the different drivers of those sectors, according to European Bioplastics chairman Andy Sweetman.
Speaking at the association’s annual conference, he said: “As of yesterday, at our member’s meeting, we took the decision to slightly adjust the way the association works by creating two recognisable branches, one focused principally on renewable bio-based materials, and the other focused on compostable materials.
"The reason for that is because the challenges are very different for each of those particular sectors.”
Speaking to ICIS on the sidelines of the event, Sweetman added that the move did not represent a split of the organisation, as the two branches would operate under the umbrella of European Bioplastics, but that it would allow the organisation to target specific issues for each industry in greater depth.
“In the case of bio-based materials, the issues are all around feedstock issues and sustainability. With the compostability side, it’s about opening up the waste management infrastructure for organic recycling,” he said.
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