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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Lidbot. is an IOT sensor that measures the real-time fill level of waste and recycling bins.
Waste management is a growing problem for companies and cities all around the world. Costing millions of dollars to collect, manage and remove. IOT technology can provide critical data on our waste and recycling to help optimize current processes and also help in the planning of new urban developments.
Thanks to its IOT sensor, Lidbot. alerts staff when the bins are full or recently emptied and collects data on waste and recycling to better understand our waste systems.
Lidbot. recently received the Startup Terrace Award for 2018 and has also been tried, tested and trusted by Taipei City Hall.
Lidbot.’s solution is both cost effective and easily integrated. Its system can optimize waste management in large buildings like airports and can also be scaled to smart city level deployments.
Lidbot. has also launched Lidbot.robin: a powerful & cost-effective smart waste bin that has:
Built-in fill level sensors, so the waste collection fleet know exactly which bins need to be emptied.
Built-in battery that will keep the bin powered and connected for 5+years. After that, it can be swapped.
Can transmit data anywhere with a cellular connection.
The Lidbot.Robin is a smart waste bin with built in Lidbot sensors and a RFID card scanner to manage the waste fleet/staff. The Lidbot.Robin comes solar ready or has a built in battery that lasts 5+ years. Lidbot.robin's built in RFID card reader system will ensure that the waste fleet/staff are arriving on time and changing the waste when needed. The datas can be accessed via an Open API.
The startup is currently preparing for the commercial market.
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Taipei, Taiwan, Asia
Stage of Development
Pilot TRL 6&7
Value Chain Impact
Collection / Recovery, Product / Package
Customers, Partnerships, Funding
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