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Since its invention and widespread introduction into the economy, plastic has become a valuable part of business and daily life. Our actions have created more than 8.3 billion metric tons of it around the world. If we were able to take all of that plastic and switch it into a single grocery bag, it might hold the entire planet. Infact, it is projected that with the present rate 30 years down the line we will produce enough plastic waste to double-bag the Planet.
However, the problem is not with the production but the indiscriminate disposal, cause more than 76% of all plastic ends up as waste. Infact, nearly 50% of the plastic waste we now produce each year is just used once, often just for a few minutes. So, the single-use packaging that we throw away each year represents $100 billion of economic value and that’s a figure worth paying attention to.
Whether we like it or not, we all are living in a world full of various types of plastics. If you just look around, you may spot dozens of plastic items that you use every day. However, we are not aware about the efficient recycling practices that should be followed to end this plastic menace. Each plastic can undergo the process of recycling and contribute to the circular economy concept of zero waste to landfill. Infact, if you have a closer look at the plastics around, you might notice a recycling symbol at the bottom, top or side of every plastic object. This recycle sign appears like a triangle of chasing pointers with a variety from 1 to 7 inside it. The recycle symbol provides important data concerning the used resin and recyclability of the item. This can help us understand the crucial information about the potential harm the elements of different plastics can have on the environment.
To make a long story short:
- Plastic recycling numbers 2, 4 and 5 are the safest.
- Whereas plastic numbers 1, 3, 6 and 7 must be avoided.
But it does not indicate that you can fearlessly use safer plastic. Even though it is almost impossible to avoid plastic in modern society, try your best to choose other materials or, reuse it where possible and choose the plastics which are more likely to be recycled than left on the landfills!
Now, you must be thinking how to recycle plastic effectively and is recycling plastic Safe?
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- The proprietary technology provides traceability to confirm and validate the entire recycling process from collection to final use.
The initiative is based on the circular economy concept and provides solutions to maximize the use of waste as a resource back into the circular economy. The benefit of implementing the program is to reduce environmental pollution and creating a healthier planet for all.