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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Orwak is a "world leader in compaction and baling solutions" for solid waste materials at the source. Orwak provides solutions for sorting and recycling waste materials that improve business efficiency, contribute to a cleaner working and natural environment, and generate "the best total waste handling economy". Orwak offers an innovative range of compactors, baling and briquetting systems that promotes sorting at source and makes waste management more profitable.
Orwak broadens its product range further by presenting a new application for waste compaction in two-wheeled bins. The new waste compactor comes in two models; FLEX 4240 for 240 L bins and FLEX 4360 for 360 L (96 gal) bins, and the units are easily extendable with additional bin chambers.
Clever design - easily extendable: The new in-bin waste compactor models are designed for standard two-wheeled 240 L and 360 L (96 gal) bins of the most common brands in the market. The machines are robust and reliable and, thanks to the small footprint, occupy little floor space. The in-bin compactors are safe and convenient to use and a good finish in combination with easy access makes the cleaning quick and simple. Multiple-chamber units offer a top-loading setup, while the single-chamber version is based on the principle “Roll in! Compact! Roll out!”. The application is easily extended with additional chambers and the front door on the single-chamber unit is then replaced by an apron for effortless movement of the press head from one chamber to the next.
Advanced simplicity: Safety and quality are Orwak's hallmarks and the waste compactors provide maximum personal safety both for the operator and those in the immediate vicinity. A bin indicator assures that the machine can only start, when the bin is in the right position. An Orwak machine is always easy to maneuver, safe, and silent. That is what Orwak calls “Advanced Simplicity”.
Ideal for general waste: The new concept is perfect for the hotel and restaurant sector, where general waste needs to be disposed of in waste bins. The in-bin compactor provides impressive volume reduction, contributing to valuable space-saving and a more profitable waste management.