Town of Banff switches dog waste bags to new organic home-compostable technology
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Date Posted: 2018-10-11
Organization Name: SportsFleets Ventures Inc Distributing
Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
Oxobiodegradable is no longer an acceptable plastic alternative
The Town of Banff became the first municipality in Canada to change from using the now EU-restricted oxobiodegradable bags common in Canadian municipalities and parks. The Town choose BioDOGradable, a new alternate plastic technology to further increase their leadership in environmentally responsible and sustainable practices.
After extensive reviews of oxobiodegradable science, the EU ruled on January 16, 2018:
“They [oxo bags] do not biodegrade and their fragmentation into microplastics causes concern. Taking into account these concerns, the Commission will start work to restrict the use of oxo-plastics in the EU.” (Excerpt from European Commission press release)
A cradle-to-cradle solution
The BioDOGradable bag that the Town of Banff chose uses proprietary and patented technology nowhere else available as the company has retained licensing rights to itself alone. Using corn flour (not starch) and vegetable oils, the BioDOGradable film has no synthetic components and is both solar and water resistant, This means the bag is extremely stable even when wetted for days; therefore, there are no issues with rushing to the waste bin once pet waste is added to the bag. Furthermore, the BioDOGradable bag meets organic standards and has a zero-trace footprint once composted fully. This makes the technology a cradle-to-cradle solution. Microbes consume the bags so BioDOGradable is also both aerobic and anaerobic and fully home compostable, so municipalities using this bag do not require industrial compost facilities. The bag composts in an average six-month period with a shelf life of 18 months.
BioCOMpet-indoor/outdoor electromechanical home waste all season composter also launched.
“This new composter further empowers eco-minded citizens to manage their own waste year round” says SportsFleets president Wil Tarnasky. The BioCOMpet is a 110v Energy Star rated unit that maintains (3) temperatures for organic only, pet only, or vacation settings. It is built from APPRO, a class 5 recyclable, energy efficient and insulative material which enhances the controlled composting environment inside. The BioCOMpet has an internal grinder, heat, and material exchange system that is CPU-controlled to automatically move the completed compost to a hopper to handle 5 lbs per day of food scraps or waste. The BioCOMpet converts waste to garden ready 99 percent pathogen-free compost in two weeks. A larger commercial sized unit for parks is under development. Retail shopping will begin production this fall in a new U.S. factory, currently under construction.
About SportsFleets Ventures Inc – Since 2004, the company has focused on distributing niche products focused on environmentally friendly materials, natural/organic content or with socially conscious merits.
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