Composting our Products
Compostable Materials

Composting our Products

WorldCentric® products are designed to be composted at the end of their useful life. Most commonly, our products land at large-scale, commercial composting facilities. These facilities mix the material, turn the compost piles, and monitor conditions to create high temperatures and the correct moisture content. These practices speed up the amount of time it takes for products to break down and reduce methane emissions by keeping the food out of the landfill.

Our fiber containers are now certified for home compost piles. Compostable products break down at different rates, depending on the material they are made from and its thickness, as well as the composting conditions. Home composting rates are slower and can vary widely depending on how frequently the pile is turned over, the moisture and material content, and the temperatures it can reach.

Time Required for Composting World Centric Products


Home Composting

Commercial Composting

Compostable (PLA) cold cups, deli containers, clamshells, straws, etc.

Not recommended

2-3 months

Compostable (PLA) utensils

Not recommended

2-4 months

Compostable (PLA) food scraps bags and kitchen bags

Up to one year

2-3 months

Fiber plates, take-out containers, bowls, cups and trays

Up to one year

2-3 months

Paper hot cups and bowls

Not recommended

2-3 months

Composting utensils at home is not recommended because of their thickness and strength.


There are several international organizations that have established standards and testing methods for compostability:

These standards specify the criteria for biodegradation, disintegration and eco-toxicity for a plastic to be called compostable.

  • Biodegradability is determined by measuring the amount of CO2 produced over a certain time period by the biodegrading plastic. The standards require 60% conversion of carbon into carbon dioxide within 180 days for resins made from single polymer and 90% conversion of carbon into carbon dioxide for co-polymers or polymer mixes.
  • Disintegration is measured by sieving the material to determine the biodegraded size and less than 10% should remain on a 2mm screen within 84 days.
  • Eco toxicity is measured by having concentrations of heavy metals below the limits set by the standards and by testing plant growth by mixing the compost with soil in different concentrations and comparing it with controlled compost.

Our fiber items and compostable bags are TÜV AUSTRIA Ok Compost Home and Industrial certified. We also have items certified by the Compost Manufacturing Alliance.

To learn more about our compostability certifications, visit our certifications page.

Read more on Earth Matters about the circular economy of compostable products. To find out if composting is available in your area, check out Find a Composter. For a template letter advocating for commercial composting in your area, click here.


Written by

World Centric


Read time

3 minutes


Published on

Mar 8, 2024


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