Plastic products are used in everyday life, from pictures frames and plastic films, through to plastic bags, plastic bottles, and plastic packaging, it’s durable, versatile, and cheap to produce. As a consequence, the plastics industry has rapidly grown and the need for waste management has increased exponentially over the last few decades. The world produces nearly 350 million tons of plastic each year. Nearly half of the plastic that has been manufactured, has been produced since the year 2000. More then forty percent of the plastic that is produced is for the use of packing for things like beverage bottles, and it ends up in the landfills much like food waste. Plastic has some brilliant uses, however, if there are recycling systems in place, it can be detrimental to the planet. There are many benefits to using one of the available recycling programs and recycle your plastic items, have a look below at some of the great reasons why you should recycle your plastic waste:
GPGP The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Each year there is nearly eight million tonnes of rubbish that ends up in the oceans. All the waste that is discarded in the world oceans winds up in one of five accumulation zones. The biggest of them all is The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It’s staggering in size and is the same size as Texas twice, it is estimated that it had around eight-thousand tonnes of plastic waste. It’s often referred to as the ‘plastic island’ and it contains a staggering 180 trillion pieces of plastic waste, these are most micro-plastics which pose a massive risk to marine life. Although these plastics are widely recycled, they still ned up in the world’s oceans. Due to the colour and size of micro-plastics marine life often confuse them for food, this causes massive malnutrition. Fish-nets are something that makes up a huge portion of the GPGP and poses a huge risk of entanglement, this is something that sea turtles often become prone to.
High Economic Impact
Recycling a tonne of plastic waste generates two times the economic impact as opposed to disposing of it in a rubbish tip. Recycling a tonne of plastic pays more in salaries and, produces more value in the means of reproduction into recycled materials, and generate more income in sales. As well as creating jobs, it generates a huge portion in sales taxes and it helps to fund governments to pay for the social funds. Recycling rates are at an all-time high, but it can still go further and have an even greater and positive economic impact.
There is usually a number of stages involved with the manufacturing of a product. From the materials extraction through to the product disposal. If you can remove a step in the process you can help to save energy. Recent studies have found that recycling a tonne of plastic can save energy equal to 5.774 kWh. Which is the same amount of energy two people would use in a year.
Plastic is made using natural gas and/or crude oil derivatives. A huge amount of petroleum is used in the production of new plastic products. Around forty percent of consumption can be reduced if we pop items in the recycling bin and recycle out plastic waste. One tonne of plastic can save around 16.3 barrels of oil.
Reduction In CO2 Emission
A direct result of oil consumption reduction, the emission of greenhouse gases, and CO2 are drastically decreased. Greenhouse gases are emitted when we burn non-renewable fossil fuels in order to create plastic. Recycling plastic lowers oil consumption during the manufacturing process new plastic, therefore, it reduces greenhouse gas emissions, too. If we learn to understand how to identify which plastic can be recycled looking for the recycling symbol we can go a long way into reducing the effects of global warming and reduce air pollution.
Saves Rubbish Tip Space
The process of recycling plastic dramatically helps with everyday waste management by saving available space in the rubbish tips. Plastic that is disposed of in our general waste use a lot of space and it increases the amount of solid waste found in the rubbish tips. Recycling can help to reduce the space and help to keep our air and water clear.
The Plastic Recycling Process
The most simple of plastic recycling processes include collecting, sorting through, shredding, cleaning, and pelletizing. The particular processes will vary based on the resin identification number or the types of plastic been recycled. Most recycling facilities will use a two-step process: Step One Sorting through the plastic waste manually or automatically to ensure all of the contaminants are removed from the waste stream. Step Two Melting the plastic down into a new shape or shredding down into flakes to be melted before being processed into granulates. What Types Of Plastics Are Recyclable?
There are 6 most common types of plastic:
PS (Polystyrene) – Hot drink cups, plastic cutlery, food containers, and yoghurt pots.
PP (Polypropylene) – Lunchboxes, take-away food containers, or ice cream containers.
LDPE (Low-density polyethene) – Rubbish bins and bags.
PVC (Plasticised Polyvinyl chloride or polyvinyl chloride) – Fruit juice containers or squeeze bottles.
HDPE (High-density polyethene) – Shampoo and conditioner containers or milk containers.
PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) – Soft drink bottles or smoothie bottles. Of course, not every type of plastic is recycled and it’s essential that you check which can and can’t be sent to your recycling centre. All packaging that can be recycled will have the recycling symbol on the plastic or wrapper. You will often find that lids and bottle tops can’t be recycled but the plastic bottle can so always make sure you check before you throw something straight in the general waste bin
Using Plastic Waste Experts
Using plastic waste experts means that you can ensure the recycling is done properly. If you need plastic waste to be dealt with in a professional and efficient manner then using an expert service is the way forward. Using the latest technologies for recycling plastic here at plastic expert we can work with you to create a custom-built recycling solution. If you want to find out more about recycling plastic, the recycling processes, and how we can help you. Ave a look at our services page and get in touch the find out what Recycling Experts can do for you.