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Northeast Laboratories, Inc.

Services/Testing Areas
Alcoholic Beverages
Asbestos
Biodegradation
Cleaners, Detergents and
Related Products

Composting
Compressed Air
Cosmetics
Disinfectants
Environmental
Food and Dairy Products
Hazardous Waste
Indoor Air Quality
Microbiology
Medical Device
Mold Studies
Nutraceuticals
Particle Sizing
Pharmaceutical
Plastic and Paper Goods
Potable Water

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Locations
Berlin Office
129 Mill Street, Suite 11
Berlin, CT 06037
CT 860.828.9787 or 800.826.0105
outside CT 800.654.1230
fax 860.829.1050
Contact the Berlin Office

Biodegradation

In an increasingly "Green" world, manufacturers as well as retail outlets find it to their advantage to make claims that their products or those that they sell are environmentally friendly. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) requires that such claims be supported by reliable scientific evidence.

Northeast Laboratories offers a full range of tests pertaining to the biodegradation of a variety of products including but not limited to plastics. Our capabilities extend to a wide variety of ASTM and OECD methods.

ASTM METHODS

ASTM D5209 Determines the degree of anaerobic biodegradation by measuring evolved carbon dioxide as a function of time when the plastic is exposed to activated sewage sludge
ASTM D5210 Determines the degree and rate of anaerobic biodegradation of synthetic plastic materials (including formulation additives) on exposure to anaerobic digester municipal sewage sludge from a waste water plant
ASTM D5247 Evaluating the biodegradation of degradable plastics in submerged culture under aerobic conditions
ASTM D5338 Determines the degree and rate of aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials on exposure to a controlled composting environment under laboratory conditions
ASTM D5511 Determination of the degree and rate of anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials in high solids anaerobic conditions
ASTM D5526 Determines the anaerobic biodegradation of plastic materials under accelerated land fill conditions
ASTM D5988 Determines the degree and rate of aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials in contact with soil or a mixture of soil or a mixture of soil and mature compost under laboratory conditions
ASTM D6691 Determines the degree and rate of aerobic biodegradation of plastic materials (including formulation additives) exposed to pre-grown population of at least ten aerobic marine microorganisms of a known genera
ASTM D6868 Determines the biodegradability of plastics used as coatings on paper and other compostable surfaces
ASTM G160 Conducting an evaluation on nonmetallic materials microbiological susceptibility when in contact with the natural environment of the soil

OECD METHODS

OECD 207 Determines the acute toxicity of compost after degradation on earthworms
OECD 208 Determines the acute toxicity of compost after degradation on plant life
OECD 209 Activated sludge respiration inhibition test
OECD 301 Ready Biodegradability
OECD 302 Inherent Biodegradability
OECD 306 Biodegradabilty in Seawater
OECD 311 Anaerobic biodegradability of organic compounds in digested sludge
Please note: Additional testing available on request.