INNOCAT partner Resah-idf (Réseau des acheteurs hospitaliers de l’ile de France) have published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) providing details of their upcoming tender for eco-innovative food containers and associated recycling services. Three lots will be included in the tender, one of which is for ‘biodegradable and compostable dishes’. The containers will be required to meet EU standard EN13432 and must be able to be disposed of as organic waste.
EN13432 is designed to provide proof of a product’s compostability. It states that after 3 months composting, no more than 10 percent of the original mass may be left as residue having been passed through a 2mm sieve. The standard also requires products to comply with heavy metals thresholds.
The tender forms part of Resah’s plan to reduce the environmental impact of consumption, while meeting the current budgetary constraints of its 130 members. An invitation to tender is due to be published in the next few weeks, with each lot being offered for two years.