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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ISB Global has developed a specialist software solution Waste & Recycling One (WR1), a product which is fully integrated with SAP Business One. It is pre-configured software solution for businesses in the waste, recycling, energy and environmental sectors.
Waste Recycling One, for SAP Business One is a unique software solution the utilizes SAP’s Applications, Analytics, Mobility, Cloud, Database & Technology to enable organizations to optimize waste operation, logistics and control the recycling of materials.
The solution delivers enterprise-class functionality, enabling automation of reporting, KPI setting and monitoring, dashboards and visualizations, collaboration and publication tools.
To complement WR1, ISB also have cutting edge IOT technology and hardware, one such example is the ‘BinLogix’ App for Volumetric Bin Sensors.
Most waste companies still operate using a traditional collection process, whereby bins are lifted on fixed days and static routes. This is highly inefficient, as trucks drive a considerable distance to collect bins that aren’t full, while ignoring others that are overfilled. As a result, logistics costs are too high, customer service is poor and carbon emissions are through the roof. Root cause is the lack of visibility on bin ‘demand’, and their ‘BinLogix’ App can help to solve this.
Chris founded ISB Global back in 1999, together with Simon. Before that, he was Director at Implico Ltd. Chris holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce & Management, Commerce at the Lincoln University (NZ)
Co-Founder & Director
Simon co-founded ISB, with Chris back in 1999, based on their passion to integrate systems and business, so as to derive real business benefits. He has over 21 years of Business, Transformation and IT experience, exposed to various industries including Consumer Goods, Oil & Gas, Waste & Recycling, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Technology.