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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Partitalia is a leading European smart card, tag and RFID reader manufacturer with 15 years of experience.
Since 2012, Partitalia has been developing RFID solutions and technologies for waste collecting identification, including the Discovery Mobile, an innovative wearable device based on RFID, Cloud, and GPS technologies. It tracks the waste collection, directly send the data to the cloud database which allows a "pay-as-you-throw" system.
The Partitalia's device is easy to use, can be used with existing software or with the proprietary cloud application "Discovery Cloud". It allows as well the customer to have complete business intelligence of the waste collection operations.
As stated by one of their clients Antonio Palombaro from the commune of Miglianico, a communication campaign to the citizen combined with this system allowed the municipality to go from 53% of separate waste collection in 2014 to 83%.
Partitalia has more than 1000 customers (municipalities, consultants, waste collecting companies) all over Europe.