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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FleetMind is a global leader in producing smart trucks for waste management fleets, having acquired the expertise over 20 years and several million dollar investment.
FleetMind was founded in 1996, combining leading computer systems expertise and research in telematics for heavy trucks. It is based in Montreal, Canada. They now have the most advanced fleet solutions specifically designed for waste and recycling environments. FleetMind solutions have been installed and being used by thousands of vehicles across North America. The services they offer are:
Installation: FleetMind industry specific mobile hardware solutions which gather data on operations, and vehicle information from GPS, ECM electronic control module, and service information from drivers, cameras, scales, and RFID. With this, owners can improve fleet operational performance, have complete visibility into truck and driver behavior, optimize routing, reduce maintenance costs and fuel consumption, and improve safety and diagnostics.
Business Consultation: The industry specialists and subject matter experts consult with clients to continuously improve management and delivery. They also provide project management and custom back-office development.
Training Services: As a client your technology aptitudes may vary, and therefore Fleetmind tailors the training to your needs and competencies. FleetMind training services also include coaching by the trainer while on site and continues remotely as long as the customers need it.
And their products include:
FleetLink Mobile Hardware Products: include in-cab flat/smart screen and hand-held devices that are field-tested to withstand the toughest waste collection environments.
FleetLink Back-office Software Solutions: work with FleetLink Mobile hardware products to improve operations, increase profitability, provide complete fleet visibility and help ensure a problem-free customer experience.
Fleetmind's customers include some leading Waste and LTL firms in North America. They also work with five cities including Alburquerque and Santa Cruz.
Martin Lord joined FleetMind Solutions in 2002 as COO. Over the past 30 years, Martin has also served as VP Engineering and Operations at Minacom. He holds a B.Sc Engineering Physics degree from Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.