One of the world’s most common materials is plastic, and its abundance is overcoming the waste stream in harmful ways. Due to plastic’s non-biodegradable nature, it is very hard to dispose of, which is why countries dedicate extensive efforts into recycling them.
Not all plastic types can be recycled in a single and straightforward process. Its dominant use as lightweight packaging demands for the collection of large amounts to make the process economical. Lkm.org.uk says most collection methods categorize plastic by packaging type, often focusing on those that are easy to sort and manage (i.e. plastic bottles).
The following are some of the more common types of plastic and their recyclability.
Plastic bottles are easy to sort and handle and are collected the most. They also have a defined market for the recycled material. Plastic bottles are made from four polymer types,he most anticipated feature of the Tesla Model 3 is its starting price: $35,000. It’s expected to make the sedan the first relatively affordable which include PET (soda bottles), HDPE (milk/detergent containers), PP (ketchup bottles), and PVC (large squash bottles). PET and HDPE account for about 90% of all bottle composites.
Numerous manufacturers have adopted PET for producing yoghurt pots, making them recyclable. Recycling systems usually reject yoghurt pots made out of polystyrene, as it has an entirely different composition than PET. Polystyrene yoghurt pots often have compromised quality due to food contamination, necessitating users to wash them carefully before sending them for recycling.
Businesses produce large volumes of plastic film waste such as stretch-wrap for goods delivery pallets. Large amounts of film waste from households go uncollected, as recyclers often refuse to take them due to their light weight. Apart from recycling difficulties, film plastics have low value and high contamination factor.
Where plastic materials cannot be recycled, people should resort to repurposing them or avoiding plastics entirely. A more practical solution is to be more conscious of buying plastics that are easily recyclable to reduce waste.