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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Lets Recycleis an initiative of NEPRA- Waste Management and Recycling Company in India.
NEPRA’s data driven approach changes the whole experience, makes it transparent for people involved while it becomes scalable model. By getting people to separating at the source they save transport costs for the company, and by reducing waste, they save the local municipality costs of land filling.
They get their waste from local waste pickers, house-keeping facilities in the apartment and from offices, hotel, and hospitals. The one condition they have is that the waste must be segregated as wet and dry at the source at homes or organizations. They help convert wet waste into compost, and at its core, it has established the dry waste (plastics, metal, glass, paper etc.) supply chain.
The company has successfully integrated waste pickers in the formal waste management value chain by directly sourcing dry waste from them, establishing long-standing relationships by providing fair prices and transparent service. The company also procures dry waste from Commercial establishments and Industrial customers. The company operates Material Recovery Facilities where the procured waste is segregated, sorted and value-addition is carried out. At the heart of its operations is an IT platform which has been developed over the last 7 years integrating the learning of Waste Management in India. They have improved the income of the waste pickers, and the people employed at their sorting facilities and have positively impacted the lives of 5000+ people.
Their program has attracted funds from UDAID, and the Government of India. They work in cooperation with local authorities has increased the participation of residents to over 90%. They achieved this by educating people on wet and dry waste kinds through messages over smartphones.
The company was established in 2008 and is based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.
Sandeep Patel is an accomplished implementer of projects. He started the development of India’s only online platform for environmental industry. Sandeep holds an MBA from Leeds Business School, UK with major in Project Management and E-commerce Strategy. He worked on a Project for Department of Trade and Industry, UK for ICT implementation in Doncaster. Sandeep Patel is the Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 and also Green Belt in Six Sigma. He has also been known to offer excellent business solutions. He has helped a lot of struggling entrepreneurs to scale-up their business and take them to the next level.