Novolex brand Eco-Products has entered an agreement to join the new Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) programme in a move to assist composters in understanding the composability of each product.

As part of the agreement, Eco-Products will cover all its compostable plates, cups, bowls, containers and utensils with the CMA ‘Composter Approved’ logo.

Eco-Products marketing director Sarah Martinez said: “With greater numbers of stadiums, restaurants and other venues seeking to increase their waste diversion by composting food scraps and packaging, it’s important to us that composters have confidence that our products perform in their compost operations.

“Whether the composter operates windrows, an aerated-static pile system or other technology, this specific CMA logo will demonstrate that our packaging is composter-approved to work in their operation.

“It is our hope that more composters will then see the value in accepting packaging as a feedstock, thus expanding access to commercial composting across the country.”

The company will use the CMA logo to identify various products that passed Composter-Approved testing in various systems.

“This specific CMA logo will demonstrate that our packaging is composter-approved to work in their operation.”

The programme will also cover a technical review and field testing of compostable products, which are shipped to fully permitted industrial composting facilities.

According to the company, more than 500 products have been tested under the programme to date.

Eco-Products also noted that its compostable foodservice packaging products have been verified by independent labs and a third-party certification body. They have also been certified as compostable by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI).

Earlier this month, the packaging firm introduced new compostable cup lids for sustainable and innovative packaging choices.