Get to know more about the plastic Scrap
Plastic is a versatile material used in the manufacturing of various household items, as it is hygienic, safe, durable and cheap to produce. But the problem arises when it comes to disposal of plastic. In theories, it seems very easy to recycle but in reality, it’s not as simple.
Despite a large amount of household plastic waste is produced every year only 8% of waste is recycled. This recycled plastic is used to make numerous household products and some of these are:
- Gardening items such as composters, seed trays and garden sheds
- Plastic bags and bin liners
- Fillings for comforters and sleeping bags
What is plastic Scrap?
Plastic Scrap is the gathering of waste plastic objects in land scrap or on the road side that adversely affects wildlife habitat, wildlife and humans.
It can also refer as a significant amount of plastic that cannot be recycled and ends up in the developing world or a landfill, thrown into unfettered dump location. This non-recycled plastic enters our environment, polluting our marine and causing destruction to our ecology.
Types of plastic scrap
Biodegradable and photodegradable plastic
Some plastic items are degradable, which means they breakdown or rot. This degradable plastic is further classified into two categories, one that rots with the exposure of sunlight and another that breaks down after a certain period. Most of the retailers are now providing their customer with degradable plastic, but this ideal solution brings up new worries:
- If these items end up in a land scrap, they will not rot as there is no sunlight
- With biodegradation, harmful methane gas can be released into the air
The blend of numerous plastics item makes the sorting process difficult and therefore it becomes tough to recycle plastic scrap.
Those who are unmindful of the consequences, simply throw away plastic thinking it will be rot, but let me tell you this leads to an upsurge in litter problem. Apart from this, another issue is plastic degradability. If non-degradable plastic transferred landfill, no one knows how much time it need to break down.
The only resolution to this problem is to recycle the plastic which has been already created, but how worthwhile is this? Undoubtedly, recycling plastic has multiple benefits including:
- Reduced use of non-renewable fossil fuels
- Reduced energy consumption
- Reduced amount of plastic reaching land scrap
- Reduced carbon emissions into the surrounding
Methods to reduce the plastic scrap in the home
There is plenty of ways to dispose of household plastic waste. One of the best ways is to find another use for the item in home again, for example, you can use empty plastic containers and water bottles to store solid materials or you can use plastic carrier bag over and again instead of throwing them.
For plastic items that cannot be used for another purpose, you should transfer it to the nearest facilities for recycling and make full use of them.