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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Specialists in buying, selling and recycling post-industrial plastics
Blackrock Plasticsis a Charleston, South Carolina based company with locations and services in all continental US states. The company specialize in the purchasing of industrial plastic scrap, the recycling of that scrap plastic, and the resell of that industrial plastic for manufacturing purposes. The handle a wide variety of plastic materials.
Blackrock Plastics uses state of the art recycling process to keep plastic scrap out of landfills and "turn the waste stream into a profit center".
The company handles LDPE, LLDPE, PP, NYLONS, SUPERSACKS, PURGES, ABS, PC/ABS. Blackrock also assists in the compounding, pelletizing and shredding of all industrial plastic product.
The process aims to maximize return on plastic scrap while minimizing man-hours (in the client's side). The client is taken through the entire process, from pick-up of material, to payment by the accounting department if selling.
Logistically Blackrock provides trucking in all the 48 states and guarantees to be at his customer's business within 72 hours. The company also offer cross-docking and balers for film and plastic parts.
A member of the Carolina Recycling Association, Blackrock Plastics SC, LLC has been awarded an A+ rating from be BBB (Better Business Bureau ®).
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Charleston, South Carolina, USA
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In Market TRL 9
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