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FAQ

  • What is BioPak doing to support the growth in composting infrastructure?

    The organic recycling industry is rapidly evolving. The BioPak Compost Service facilitates customers to connect with existing commercial composting infrastructure. We also support the growth of new infrastructure by driving demand for a thriving composting industry to assist in making new investment viable. We are also engaged with councils, waste collection contractors and composters to increase education and awareness for composting and reduce contamination across all waste streams.

  • Do you collect from residential customers?

    Unfortunately, at this stage, our compost service does not cover residential buildings. We recommend you contact your local council for support in composting your organic waste or you might find a neighbour nearby who is keen to share their compost bin with you on the ShareWaste website.

  • What is the problem with organic waste in landfill?

    When food decomposes in landfills it releases methane which is a greenhouse gas 26-38 times more potent than carbon dioxide and a significant contributor to the climate crisis. We support composting as a circular economy solution for food scraps and compostable packaging, as it avoids methane emissions from landfill and converts this waste into compost which can then be applied to land and sequester even more carbon from the atmosphere back into the soil.

    For more information, read the "EPA Methane Fact Sheet".

  • What is the BioPak Give Back Fund?

    BioPak gives back 7.5% of profits to positive change, so when you choose BioPak products you're contributing to important social and environmental initiatives. As a responsible business, we believe we have an obligation to preserve and protect the environment and to give back and support the communities in which we operate.

    Rainforest Rescue and GreenFleet

    We donate 1% of Australian profits to Rainforest Rescue and 1% of New Zealand profits to GreenFleet. Since 2012, this pledge has funded the planting of over 20,000 trees and purchased 5 hectares of rainforest for protection.

    Carbon Neutral

    We spend 2.5% of profits offsetting all carbon emissions associated with the production, transport and disposal of our products. All BioPak products are certified carbon neutral. The carbon emissions are calculated by the Carbon Reduction Institute and offset through the purchase of carbon credits. Since 2010, BioPak customers have offset 99,773 tons of CO2 emissions. That's equivalent to saving 41,855,817 litres of fuel, driving 398,626,828 km or removing 27,635 cars from the road.

    Charities and Organisations

    We donate 4% of profits to support the charitable community work of many of our hospitality customers, particularly those working with the homeless and disadvantaged. We are a key partner to STREAT who empower young homeless people to find their feet through employment in the hospitality industry. We support a number of projects from fantastic charities like Rosies ‘Cuppa’ program, OzHarvest, Food Bank and Christ Mission Possible. 2% of sales of our Indigenous BioCups also goes directly to CorporateConnect.AB to support Indigenous communities.

    For more information, visit "BioPak Give Back Program" website.

  • Is the bioplastic you use GMO-free?

    Some of the corn used to produce PLA bioplastic from Ingeo is made from GM crops. After converting the corn to PLA bioplastic there is no trace of any GM content and supporting evidence is available from Genescan if required.

    For more information, visit the "Where does INGEO come from" website.

  • What is the BioPak Compost Service?

    In 2018, BioPak launched the BioPak Compost Service in Australia and New Zealand. The BioPak Compost Service is designed to close the loop on compostable food packaging and divert organic waste from landfill. BioPak has partnered with 15 commercial composting facilities around Australia and New Zealand. The BioPak Compost Service connects BioPak customers with the organics recycling facility in their area to help businesses reduce their environmental impact and operate more sustainably.

    BioPak supports the adoption of reusables wherever possible, but there are circumstances where reusables are not viable.

    Where single-use foodservice packaging is the only viable option, using compostable packaging and implementing an organics waste stream is the most sustainable choice. In the foodservice, industry packaging is often soiled with food residue. This is seen as contamination by the recycling industry, meaning that even if the packaging is technically recyclable, it will actually end up in a landfill.

    Composting is a circular economy solution that processes food waste and compostable packaging in the same waste stream. This allows businesses to reduce their environmental impact by diverting waste from landfill and instead of having it turned into nutrient-rich compost.

    Benefits of composting:

    • Composting helps fight climate change by sequestering carbon into the soil and avoiding methane emissions from landfill
    • Compost is nutrient-rich, allowing farmers to grow more food locally without the use of chemical fertilisers
    • Compost is an amazing soil conditioner that helps retain moisture and fight droughts.
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