Is cheese wax compostable? I have some Babybel cheese wax and I was wondering what to do with it.

  • it may not be advisable to try and biodegrade the wax but you can re-use it for various purposes.
    – Trav
    May 21 at 9:19

Cheese wax is made mostly of paraffin, which is petroleum-based, so it is not compostable.


Babybel wax is made of a blend of paraffin and microcrystalline waxes and colouring.

This paper seems to say that paraffin waxes are biodegradable, but I only have access to the abstract:

The wax components, n-and iso-alkanes with up to 50 carbon units were found to be rapidly and completely degraded within 28 days leaving only minute wax residues at the end of the test. The degradation of wax components was hardly influenced by the blended polymers.

This statement claims microcrystalline waxes, as used in ski wax, are biodegradable, but it is produced by the wax makers and does not provide references.

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