The term "biodegradable" has been used over the past few years, to describe plastics or packaging that could potentially be metabolized by microorganisms in nature, with complete breakdown to CO2/Methane, water and biomass. However, there is significant confusion and controversy surrounding biodegradable plastics since many suppliers have used the term to loosely describe their material/packaging without specifying the conditions under which the material would degrade in nature. For instance, some plastics (like PLA) will only degrade under industrial composting conditions, while some others (like PHA) can break down under a wider range of conditions and environments (industrial, backyard, marine). Given this widespread confusion and the misuse of the "biodegradable" term, many global government and industry organizations have issued guidelines to restrict or eliminate the unqualified use of biodegradable as a descriptor of plastics or packaging. These include the European Commission guidelines (European Plastics Strategy) and the Federal Trade Commission Green Guides in the US.
In line with such guidelines, Ubuntoo's recommends that companies providing biodegradable materials, products or packaging:
1.Avoid unqualified use of the term "biodegradable" to describe their products
2.Any claim of biodegradability should be accompanied by a description of specific conditions and environments under which the material or product will undergo degradation in nature
3.It is strongly recommended that companies provide globally accepted certifications or testing for various biodegradability claims (such as the BPA certification for industrial composting)
Further in line with the position articulated by the European Commission as well as major CPG companies, Ubuntoo recommends that "biodegradable" plastics should not be considered a solution for littering (or worse a license to litter). Appropriate collection and end-of-life solutions (such as industrial composting or home composting) need to be put into place to avoid biodegradable plastics ending up as litter in the environment.
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Founded as a plastic resin and material trading company in 1974, AAA Polymer, Inc. has since expanded into can liner and stretch wrap industry, becoming the largest provider of can liners and stretch wrap in the Tri-State area.
AAA Polymer is the largest LDPE plastic recycler in New York, providing a full life cycle of LDPE plastics, from plastic waste to new plastic bags. Selling LDPE, LLDPE and HDPE blends of resins, the company stocks, in its warehouses, over 75 different liners and various sizes of stretch films, guaranteeing 24 to 48 hour delivery of inventoried items.
AAA Polymer additionally offers commercial plastic collection, offering scalable solutions for all types of businesses. After a free initial site survey, AAA Polymer collects baled plastics at no cost to reduce recycling expenses. The company largely deals with manufacturers that produce post-industrial plastic scrap, and warehouses producing post-commercial plastic scrap, collecting stretch film, pallet covers, bakery rack covers, etc, focusing mainly on recycling HDPE, LDPE and PP. Commercial plastic recycling services include granulating and shredding, washing and drying and extrusion and pelletizing.
AAA Polymer offers can liners to suit a variety of requirements, be it for warehouses, hotels, hospitals, lawn care, etc., making use of a high quality resin blend to offer low density (LLD) and high density(Hi-D) bags of varying thickness and seal types. The company also offers a range of compostable liners which safely reintegrate into the soil.
They also offer a variety of stretch film, including machine stretch and hand stretch, as well as an EcoSupreme Hand Stretch film, offering remarkable strength with thinner gauges.
Finally, AAA Polymer, also helps implement stretch film recycling programs, suggesting implementation of appropriate bailing machines, developing employee engagement and picking up large quantities of film from client facilities in return for market value payment for the film