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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STADLER® is specialized in the planning, production and assembly of sorting systems and components for the waste disposal and recycling industry world-wide.
They offer you a tailor-made full service, from conceptual design to planning, production, modernization, optimization, assembly, start-up, conversions, disassembly, maintenance and servicing of components to complete recycling and sorting systems. Their sorting solutions/plants are for wide variety of materials, including lightweight packaging material, paper / cardboard, refuse-derived fuels, household waste, plastic bottles, industrial waste, mixed construction waste / bulk waste.
The machinery include: Ballistic separators, Screening drums, Conveyor technology, and Delabeler.
STADLER® has plants world-wide which they plan, assembly and start-up. With sales of well over 300 sorting plants and over 2000 components, they claim to rank among the specialists and market leaders in this sector. As a global company, they also specialize in demand-oriented logistic solutions and have a wealth of experience in the export sector.
They operate in 38 countries in all continents. The company has its origins in the village forge founded in 1791. Since the early 90s, the business has evolved into a modern metal construction company specializing increasingly in the construction of conveyor and sorting plants for the recycling industry. The present sole shareholder, Willi Stadler, has run the company since 1991, having taken over the sole management of the Stadler Group in 1998. Since the end of 2011, Willi Stadler has shared the management of Stadler Anlagenbau GmbH with Mr Claus Maier.
The company’s work is featured in recycling publications in Europe and North America. STADLER ® has been awarded Innovation Prizes several times for their smart solutions of separating unwanted substances out of mixed material compositions.