To tell someone the use of plastic in everyday life today, would be like having to be reminded that breathing is necessary in order to stay alive. The use of plastic is seen in all aspects of human life, and seldom does one across situations where plastic has no purpose. Being a material that is used so heavily in construction, production, manufacturing and so many different avenues of human activity, it is a commodity that has been produced in enormous quantities in the last few decades. Obviously, with this kind of production of any commodity, it would be imperative to think to what end this plastic is being reused, or even recycled. From the advent of the 1990s, more and more technologies are being developed that look towards the recycling of waste and excess plastic.
Here are some of the problems that we face concerning plastic:
- The production of plastic has been growing at an alarming rate for quite a few decades now. The year 2009 saw a production of atleast a hundred and forty billion pounds of plastic, which means in this year alone, so much more plastic was added to all the plastic that has ever been in use on the planet.
- To make things worse, plastic is created out of fossil fuels, which are typically non-renewable sources of fuel. While these fossil fuel reserves are relatively few, the constant production of plastic is depleting f0ssil fuels at a faster rate.
- The amount of plastic that can be counted in as waste has been steadily increasing over many centuries now. While the amount of plastic in the waste section was barely 1 percent in the year 1960, the amount of plastic in waste has increased to roughly around 14 percent in the last year.
Here are some ways that we can undertake programs through which the recycling of plastic.
- One of the main things that we need to do to make sure that the recycling process of plastic is smoother is know the different kinds of plastic that are available in the market. These include different variations like Polyethylene terephthalate (PETE or PET), High density polyethylene (HDPE), Polyvinyl chloride (PVC or vinyl), Low density polyethylene (LDPE), Polypropylene (PP), and Polystyrene (PS). Each of these plastics has different domestic as well as industrial uses, depending on their chemical properties. Hence, even while recycling, each of them has their own limitations and differences.
- Choosing a type of plastic that is easily recyclable is one of the best ways to make their recycling easy. It would be best if you use plastic that has already been recycled from another process. When recycled plastic is used, you are making sure that the wastage of time, energy and resources is at a minimal.
- If there is one thing that comes with the recycling and reusing of plastic, it is the reduction of the use of plastic. When you decide to reduce your plastic usage, automatically the need to recycle it decreases too.