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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Pellenc has been designing and manufacturing intelligent sorting equipment for waste and recycling since 2001. With over 1,400 machines installed worldwide in 40 countries, the company is a recognised leader in this industry.
Pellenc develops optical sorting machines for household and industrial wastes. The technologies used to sort these materials are near infrared (NIR), middle infrared, vision & induction technologies. The company is also actively developing new sorting solutions for the single stream recycling.
Their technology sorts and recovers materials from various waste sectors including, selective collection, municipal solid waste, industrial, electronics, automotive and construction waste. Infrared spectrometry, visible spectrometry, x-ray transmission and inductive sensing are the embedded technologies used to sort the materials and our technology can be found in operation in more than 40 countries around the world.
The various machines used for different waste streams are:
MISTRAL+: The multi material sorting machine for sorting centres and recycling facilities.
MISTRAL+ Film: The sorting machine for film recycling.
FLAKE PURIFIER+: Multi-sensor sorting system for plastics recycling.
MISTRAL+ Bio: The sorting machine for organics recovery.
GLASSREC SERIES: the machine for glass recovery in mixed waste.
MISTRAL+ QC: The quality control machine.
XPERT: The XRT sorting machine for metals and ELVs.
VARISORT: Conveyor belt sorting system for the recycling industry.
VARISORT COMPACT: Multi-sensor sorting system for the recycling industry.
SMART REPORTING: your data, your performance.
PEMAX Auto: Portable electric clamps for the automotive industry.
Pellenc ST sorting technologies are also developed in house and integrated into every product on their production line.
The founder is Roger Pellenc. The Pellenc headquarters are based in Pertuis, a town in Provence, France.