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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Eco Wise claims to be the only company in India doing waste management with a separate segregation and treatment site. They treat the waste in an environment-friendly manner by making compost and further recycling waste by 100%. They ensure that, the waste collected by them are treated and disposed in accordance with MSW Rules 2000.
Eco Wise offers a full range of waste management services to nearly one hundred thousand residential, industrial, and commercial customers.
Their activities divert more than 60 tons of waste from ending up in landfill sites daily
Eco Wise Provides its services to Industrial and Commercial clients on a Pan India basis, removing the hassle to deal with multiple vendors
Eco Wise Provides Industry Leading Customer Support to all its clients, providing accurate reporting and on time collection every time
SECTORS THEY HANDLE
Businesses Eco Wise provides quality collection, recycling and waste services to businesses large and small. Whether it's a stand-alone retail store, a midsize office building, a regional shopping mall or a multi-national corporation.
Product Destruction: Eco Wise has introduced safe and secure product destruction and recycling service, guaranteeing finite destruction of a wide variety of goods and products from confidential data to out of date products. Eco Wise secure destruction service includes 24-hour CCTV camera surveillance, which closely monitors all areas of the site. They include certificates and video recordings for users to be assured of the destruction.
Purchase waste: The company buys waste, including paper, wood, cardboard, plastics, metals, etc. Eco Wise provides all its clients with detailed reports of the amount of waste collected reused or sent for recycling. This makes sure that the company is complying with all legal regulations and also insures that all compliance are met in regards with ISO 14001 certification (Environmental Certification).
In 2017 they diverted over 8650 tons of waste from ending up in landfill sites out of which 5616 tons was composted and 3024 tons was recycled.
Manik Thapar started EcoWise in 2006, and has been its CEO for the past 12 years. He also founded EcoWise Trading Private Limited in 2010, and has been the Managing Director of Thapar Buildcone. He has done his MBA from The De Vos School of Management, Michigan, USA.