Posted on May 12, 2021 at 07:32 am
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! We often come across these eco-friendly concepts of preserving the planet. We know it is important to follow these practices, but many of us might not understand exactly why we need to RECYCLE.
The human being is a social animal who depends primarily on nature to survive. From Stone Age to the modern era, man has been depending on nature for food, cloth, and shelter. To attain a standard livelihood, he uses natural resources by mining, fishing, cultivating, etc. Nature doesn’t expect us to be grateful for its offering, but as human beings, we are obliged to preserve nature. The best solution to preserve nature is adopting the concept of RECYCLING.
Why is it important to recycle?
It is important for the scrap materials either old or lying around unused to be transformed into something new. Wondering why?
- It can benefit the environment.
- Raw materials and natural resources aren’t wasted.
- Energy is saved during the manufacturing process.
- There’s less waste going to landfills.
- It also helps keep wildlife safe.
If scrap is not recycled, it can negatively impact our environment. Waste can emit greenhouse gases, contributing to global warming and climate change. It will also cause air and water pollution, and put lives at risk.
Now we are aware of the need to recycle the scrap materials around us. We also need to know that there are some components that cannot decompose. First on the list comes PLASTIC. Plastic is one of the most used materials in the world: studies show we use about 20 times more plastic than we did 50 years ago. The popularity and widespread use of various kinds of plastic materials are why handling it responsibly once it becomes scrap is so important.
Plastics are synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that have polymers as the main ingredient. Initially, plastics were made with the use of natural materials that had intrinsic plastic properties, such as Shellac and chewing gum. Then plastic was produced from chemically processing the natural materials such as rubber, nitrocellulose, collagen, and galalite. The process of plastic making includes molding, extruding or pressing solid objects of various shapes, making it an adaptable material for many different uses.
Plastics are broadly categorized into two types:
- Thermosetting plastics
Thermoplastics are plastics that can be molded by the heat process. Examples include polyethene, polystyrene, and PVC that are used in making carry bags, bottles, pipes etc. Thermosetting plastics are quite opposite to Thermoplastics; these kinds of plastics cannot be molded again and again by the use of heat. Bakelite and melamine that are used in making handles of utensils, switches and fire-resistant fabric fall under this category.
In today’s world, we cannot imagine life without Plastic. From pen to water bottle, cheap toys to food parcels, plastics are used everywhere. Natural decomposition of plastic can take 400 to 1000 years and some types of plastics are even non-degradable. This arise the necessity for proper disposal of plastic as it is hard to decompose, the ultimate solution for plastic pollution control being RECYCLING.
Why is plastic pollution considered a serious threat? Why do we need to reduce the consumption of Plastics?
- Many animals eat plastic materials and die. Over 90% of all aquatic animals and seabirds are found to have traces of plastic waste in their stomachs.
- Drinking from plastic bottles or using plastic containers and food bags can cause Cancer
- Both creation and recycling of plastic produce toxic gases which affect air, water and land pollution.
Despite amendments made by many countries in the world to control Plastic pollution or ban the usage of plastic, we find the increasing use in plastic, many times clogging the forests, oceans, rivers, lakes, etc., which is affecting the aquatic and wild lives. Currently, only 9% of the world’s plastic scrap material is getting recycled. Every year new amendments, laws, regulations will come up but these have to be understood and strictly followed by the citizens.
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