Let’s take your mining and exploration practices to the future!
Did you know that Australia is targeting 70% of all plastic packaging to be recycled or composted by
The ANZPAC Plastics Pact, which formally launched in 2020, will work with businesses, governments and NGOs from across the plastics value chain to develop a common vision of the circular economy for plastics.
No time like today to start making changes in your supplies and processes to support this initiative.
The new Samplex® EnviroBag is 100% biodegradable and compostable! When buried, organisms in the
soil will quickly break them down into a pile of soil.
- Tough, durable and burst resistant
- Puncture resistant to sharp and abrasive core samples
- Waterproof and retains moisture
- Easy-to-read, large white write-on panel
The only difference is it’s made from a natural product, so it's sustainable, eco-friendly and fulfills your corporate social responsibility. These bags are certified to AS 4736 standards which is water tight guarantee this bag will compost.
1) How long do they take to compost?
When they are buried, the composting process is started by the microorganisms & insects in the soil, in a sump, for example. In an ideal composting environment these can completely compost within 4 weeks. In a typical mining environment (low quality soil mixed with rock, etc) these will take between 9-18 months, it's subjective according to the number of microorganism present. Regardless, the bags are made from a natural product, and certified as such, so it'll never become micro plastics or harm microbes or insects in the soil.
2) Related, how long can they sit out above ground?
During testing in a mining environment in Kalgoorlie, filled with rock sample and left outside in the elements and they have lasted 8 months at time of writing (see below prototype video). So if you want to resample this is going to fulfil that requirement.
3) What is it that starts the composting process?
The composting process involves four main components: organic matter, moisture, oxygen, and bacteria. The biggest of these being organic matter (soil).
4) What does a Enviro Compostable Sample Bag cost?
Currently, these are 2-3x the price of the Standard Green UV Bags, but as the economies of scale kick in and it becomes mainstream, we will see this drop in price. 450x750 & 600x900 are typically 3x the price the smaller bags are around 2x.
5) Are they ethically sourced?
Yes, 100%. As part of getting the AS 4736 standards approval these bags have to be ethically sourced ensuring the products being sourced are obtained in a responsible and sustainable way, and that the workers involved in making them are safe and treated fairly.
This is one of the first field trials by AngloGold Ashanti in Kalgoorlie. They wanted to make sure the strength of the bag was still good for 6 months so they could resample if needed. Burying the bag is what starts the composting process, so you get the best of both worlds.