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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Established in 2016, Paterson Energy is a Waste to Energy Company recycling plastic waste into quality plastic oil through a pyrolysis process.
The company manufactures Thermochemical Depolymerisation plants and also extend post-installation operation support to clients. The Thermochemical Depolymerization process can not only effectively contribute to a decrease in the current plastic waste crisis, but it can also provide an efficient fuel source to the industries.
The process uses plastic waste as feedstock and obtains an oil variant of high-grade diesel using a continuous Thermochemical Depolymerization (TCD) Technology. The plastic waste is converted into vapor by heating it in high temperatures and then condensed and turned into a high-grade variant of industrial fuel. The continuous process runs in optimum pressure, thereby reduces the escape and mix of carbon and fume together, preventing them from coming out with the oil. It is an entirely green technology as it has a zero effluent and zero discharge from the plant. The excess fuel is collected in a balloon and routed back to the reactor as a heating agent.
Paterson Energy can help in two ways:
Extended Producer's Responsibility (EPR): It has expertise in the plastic collection and its recycling through the TCD process. It can take care of the entire EPR of large corporates. Through collection programs, plastic waste is collected from the producers, retailers, haulers, government cleanup, etc. and converted into oil.
Bin-Go: It is an initiative that acts as an enabler for major recyclers across Chennai by achieving efficiency at source (homes). It specializes in the collection and handling of various types of dry waste originated at home, and recycles it responsibly through their partners. It provides education on waste separation to larger societies and logistic support to the recyclers.
The company has processed over 500 tons of plastic so far, and several companies, such as Dalmia cement and Shell, have also shown their varying interest in the fuel. Currently, it has two plants in India, one in Tamil Nadu and another in Uttar Pradesh for the Government of India under the Clean India Mission Scheme.
Consumers can contact the company through the website by filling a Feasibility, Feedstock & Sustainability Test form for establishing the TCD plant.
It can benefit the Companies, waste management industries, retailers, and households by giving a responsible option for plastic waste disposal.