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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ZenRobotics is one of the world’s leading suppliers of robotic waste separation technology. If waste sorting was invented today, everyone would put robots on the job. That’s because robots provide a new, more efficient solution to an old problem. The company provides after-sales support consists of delivery, installation, training, and optimization services worldwide.
ZenRobotics can be used for different kinds of wastes: commercial and industrial, Municipal solid waste, construction and demolition, plastics, packaging, metals and scraps.
Zenrobotics have two kinds of robots for different purposes. These can be integrated into existing facilities and systems, or used as a stand-alone system. Their systems have more than one arm thereby making the process more efficient, and require little or no pre-screening. The units have control tools so it is possible to control the sorted fractions, purity and react to changes in the waste stream. ZenbrAIn, is the unique software that analyzes the data and controls the robots and provides detailed analysis and reports of the waste.
This information can be accessed through computers or smartphones. The systems require little maintenance and can be used up to ten years.
ZenRobotics Heavy Picker: The intelligent heavy-duty sorting robots are useful for various kinds of waste, and are good for decentralized facilities.
ZenRobotics Fast Picker: These are designed for Material Recovery Facilities and can be used with side streams, reject recovery lines and to perform quality control after optical sorting. It can be and can be retrofitted for conveyor belts with different widths, and operated automatically, and around the clock continuously. It is therefore suitable for demanding waste facilities.
Robotic waste separation will revolutionize the waste processing industry the same way that industrial robots changed the automotive industry. Only a lot smarter.
The company has several partnerships: Skrotfrag, Spross, Ferrovial, Lundstams, Sogetri, and Zanker Recycling are using ZenRobotics’ recycling technology.
Timo Taalas has worked in different leading Research and Development organizations more than 20 years. He has been in leadership roles for 15 years with varying responsibilities, and has led projects with handful of people as well as large multi site projects with hundreds of people.
Chief Commercial Officer
Rainer is Chief Commercial Officer with strong experience in the renewables and environment industry. Prior to joining Zenrobotics, he was Sales Director of BMH Technology. Rainer graduated from Hanken - Helsinki Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration.