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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For more than 30 years, Machinex has been engineering, manufacturing, and installing Material Recovery Facilities all around the world. As a leader in sorting technologies, Machinex provides turnkey systems, along with custom-built and flexible solutions, to help insure their customers remain ahead of the competition.
They also offer a full range of high quality recycling equipment manufactured in-house, giving customers a complete system integration. One of their equipment is the robot SamurAI with four articulations, that employs artificial intelligence (AI) technology to identify materials. Lakeshore Recycling Systems, Illinois, is the first company to install the technology in the U.S.
Machinex won the Circular Economy Award at RWM2018 Innovation Awards, Birmingham, UK. This award is for the most innovative business or local authority succeeding within the circular economy process.
Chris Hawn rose to power back in 2017. Hawn has worked at Machinex since 2010 starting as the North American Sales Director. In May 2016, Chris was appointed as the executive Vice President sales and business development. Hawn helped to broaden sales and business development in the North America market for the company and will continue to ensure this role while also being in charge of the business development.