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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GreenQ, a young innovative company, established in 2015 has a clear goal of bringing efficient technology to the waste management space. Through their strategy to create sustainable and efficient cities, GreenQ strives to enable a better quality of life.
GreenQ offers technology that can be used with existing waste collection trucks and containers, to record waste data and optimize routes and time for your fleet. This has begun making the dream of Smart Cities, a reality.
A tracking device installed on garbage truck weighs incoming waste and predicts the garbage production rate. This data is collected in real time, and allows managers to optimize waste collection through smart scheduling and routing. This ensures that places with empty bins are avoided and places that need frequent emptying are visited more often. This data allows truck drivers and managers avoid busy times like school starts and ends to avoid traffic jams. Overall this results in contract optimization, and savings in costs of up to 30% during waste collection trips.
GreenQ technology can be used with trucks, stationary compactors, grapple trucks, lifting cranes and underground containers to measure the waste picked up or stored in containers. The data collected is analyzed by a data analytics software to provide information in infographics for easy understanding and decision-making by anybody.
Making garbage trucks smarter: Their platform collects real-time data on the waste pickup process, without any need of manual activation. Hardware is installed solely on the garbage truck and eliminates the need for adding sensors to the bins. They have designed an advanced technology to meet the needs of municipalities, collection vendors and system integrators.
They termed this as the Internet of Garbage (IoG). GreenQ is bringing sensors and big data analytics to residential garbage routes so municipalities can reduce expenses, reduce emissions and provide better services to their citizens.
Some of their listed partners are Motorola, IBM, Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Microsoft.
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