Plastic is one of the most essential assets in the world. The world experts' extensive research and technology advancements have brought new changes in the plastic manufacturing sector.
The current trend in the making of plastic is the manufacturing of newer and safer plastic. However, the globe is still coping with the challenges of using plastics in households and industries.
The environmental pollution by improper disposal of plastic wastes is on the rise. The agencies concerned with environmental protection are trying hard to establish safer ways of getting rid of this non-biodegradable waste to make the world a better place for human existence.
We are increasingly experiencing the negative impacts of plastic usage. Sadly, the trend doesn't show any sign of reaching the needed solution soon. We are yet to embrace the recommended plastic waste disposal methods such as recycling.
Interestingly, recycling, which is the best method of plastic disposal, is mostly considered mythical. Most people prefer walking long distances to take recyclable wastes to landfills. Disposing of such wastes in landfills demerits both the industries and the environment.
The essence of proper plastic disposal
Some primary constituents of plastic; dioxins, plasticizers, and vinyl chloride, are the primary causes of health issues such as:
- Breast growth
- Testicular cancer
- Hormone disruption
- Reproductive dysfunction
Besides, plastic effects are increasingly becoming noticeable in infants and young children, especially if they're directly exposed to plastic constituents.
The UK environmental protection department is working hard to ensure that households adopt better plastic disposal methods than taking them to landfills.
Here is a detailed guide about safe plastic waste disposal.
This is the best method of handling plastic waste. Recycling plastics involve:
- Correcting the plastic product that's no longer in use and wash it with clear water
- Crushing the product to minimize their volume
- Segregating the plastic waste product from wet and liquid waste
- After drying the waste material, put it in waste bags and hand them over to local councils or plastic agents.
Global local authorities increasingly encourage people to embrace plastic recycling to minimize the amount of plastics in oceans, landfills, and other waste streams. A lot of plastic waste finds its way into landfills and oceans every year.
Plastic recycling follows the same process as other recyclable products such as metals and glass. However, recycling plastic is more challenging, especially when handling non-recyclable plastic.
Challenges involved in plastic disposal
People have experienced the negative impacts of plastic exposure to the environment, and they're trying hard to make valuable products from their plastic waste. However, the success may not be realized soon due to the following challenges:
- Plastic polymers are of low value due to low density
- The plastic recycling process is very technical
- The recycling cost is very high compared to the price of the new products
Creating a habitable world starts with behavior change. It's imperative that consumers dispose of plastic waste correctly, even with the non-recyclable plastic.
Before disposing of your plastic waste, sort it into recyclable and non-recyclable plastic to facilitate the recycling process. Disposing of your plastic waste properly will help raise the plastic recycling rate, reducing the amount of plastic getting into the oceans, incinerators, and landfills.
For more information about how plastic is disposed of, contact your local council.