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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Recycle 1 is a pioneer in the field of recycling. The company can process and recycle almost any nature of industrial waste while providing complete logistic solutions and tailored services for any industry willing to go green.
They have been long around in the recycling business, as early as 1982. They have a holistic focus on environmental preservation through active waste management through catering to diverse industries. A meticulous organization within the company ensures that any and every industry producing waste can be catered to.
Arizona Pacific Plastics is the branch handling and recycling plastic scraps produced off of manufacturing lines, at distribution centers, warehouses, and from other recyclers. They specialize in the following polymers:
LLDPE/LDPE: Film scrap, bagging, stretch film, shrink film, film bales, Rigids such as caps, containers, runners, purge, regrind, repro, resin etc…
HDPE: Film scrap, bagging, stretch film, shrink film, film bales, Rigids such as caps, containers, buckets, drums, barrels bottles, bottle caps, crates, runners, purge, regrind, repro, resin, etc…
PP: All forms of Unfilled PP, types of scrap recycled include – Bottle caps, bottles, runners, purge, crates, tubs, containers, parts & pieces, regrind, repro, resin, etc…
Miscellaneous plastics – They recycle many other plastics such as PET, PVC, ABS, HIPS, Vectra, and Nylon.
The company is closing the loop with reprocessed resin. They are making film grade reprocessed resin (Repro). This process allows them to recycle material and make a resin that will be used to create new products, thus closing the loop in the recycling process. Their material is used in the film & bag industry, outdoor furniture/ decking, and other industries that use Polyethylene Resin. We also offer tolling services to the film & bag industry.
They also have a destruction program, are in the paper recycling industry, are providing liquid destruction and can provide Waste audits.
From hiring employees to logistics, the company has managed to maintain the highest of standards setting global precedents within the recycling business. To validate the same, they have an open invitation visit policy for their Phoenix factory and their authorized partners that the clients can visit. The company says ''Since you are the one who is legally responsible for the information that your records contain, even after they are given to a company for destruction, you deserve to know how your material is being handled''. They have been named as the Phoenix Green Business Leaders.
The company is in line with the circular economy model wherein products are used for as long as they can so all the value is extracted out of them. They are then given up for recycling. They are currently servicing clients in and around their native area and are open to taking contracts across the United States.
Having completed his Marketing/Management degree, he proceeded to sell cookies in a short stint before entering the recycling business. He has over 40 years of experience in this avenue. In 1997, he laid the foundation for Arizona Pacific Pulp & Paper (APPP) growing it into Recycle 1 family which hosts a ton of recycling services.