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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Vadxx has developed a disruptive technology that produces clean, sustainable energy by converting plastic waste from consumer, industrial and agricultural waste streams to fuel and energy products. Their energy recovery technology converts plastic waste into a valuable commodity and creates a source of renewable energy from a plentiful feedstock.
Vadxx's thermal depolymerization recycles a wide range of plastic wastes in an environmentally friendly manner to manufacture EcoFuel-I™ (diesel oil) EcoFuel-II™ (naphtha) EcoFuel-SNG™ (synthetic gas) EcoFuel-S™ (solid carbon based fuel). They claim that their innovation eliminates hazardous by-products while also delivering a financial profit even in low-cost energy markets.
Vadxx’s proprietary thermal depolymerization technology is a solution for plastic waste producers, municipalities, waste disposal and plastic waste recycling companies to convert waste plastic to clean energy on-site at their facilities.
Benefits of a Vadxx plastics recycling plant:
Diverts plastic waste from landfills, water sources, and incinerators
Incurs low upfront investment and operating costs
Generates positive cash flows from landfill-bound waste
Regenerates fuel and energy products
Aligns with green initiatives
The company proposes to partner by installing a Vadxx plastic recycling plant either by licensing the technology or by purchasing a unit.
William has worked at this position for nearly a decade. Before this, he was the President at Vadose Environmental Consultants where he worked for 30 years. He went to Indiana University Bloomington for his BA in Geology from 1971 – 1974
James W. Garrett, CEO and Board Member, Vadxx Energy (vadxx.com; Cleveland, OH)
He has served in various financial, operating, engineering and executive roles with energy and technology companies for +30 years.