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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netBin is the flagship product of FarSite Communications Ltd., who designs, develops and manufactures Smart City Solutions for the IoT market. Their Products are “Smart City” products : end to end solutions that improve existing processes and tasks by utilizing high quality wirelessly operating sensors.
netBin is a comprehensive fill level monitoring system for all types of bins.
It reduces both cost and collection times by utilizing the netBin fill level monitoringsystem. Automatic monitoring of bins provides timely warnings when they are full, permitting intelligent route planning for collections ensuring no visit is wasted and unsightly overflowing bins are a thing of the past. Collections can be automatically created and issued to collectors using the auto-route feature.
The NetBin set-up includes:
netBin Hub: a web based application that is the center for decision-making, route creation and analysis (including fill level monitoring system; route planning & scheduling and customization of system alerts and export of all collected data)
nPod : a variable angle dual ultrasonic sensors, enabling performance tracking in all types of containers which utilizes existing and cutting edge IoT communications methods.
nLok : an access control solution that provides highly secure and reliable access to electrified locks.
nTag : an IOT tag system that enables autonomous real-time collection notifications using Bluetooth.
netBin Analyser : an Excel-based analysis tool that enables in depth studies of raw bin data.
netBin Collect : a smartphone application that is the bridge between monitoring bins and ensuring the right bins are serviced.
The nPod sensors are also now utilized with “Liquinet” a water level monitoring solution commonly used for providing municipalities with flood warnings.
Besides that, they also provide consultancy and Development Services: They undertake software and hardware design as well as consultancy for clients. Specializing in systems and communications development, developments for the customers include adaptations and variations to standard products for specialist requirements, development of communications protocols, drivers and design of new hardware.
FarSite Communications was formed in 1998. They have been at the receiving end of multiple Awards, including The Queens Award for Enterprise in 2009 and the Inspire12 Winner of Exporter of the Year Award in 2012.