Once thrown out, plastic can take years to break down. They block landfills and overtax waste-processing facilities. By altering packaging, bottles, and other plastic pieces into new fare, recycling aids the environment and generates new economic opportunities. Recycling plastic keeps still-useful materials out of landfills and inspires companies to create innovative, new products made from them.
While some plastics can be recycled once or twice, some are difficult to recycle for economic and technical reasons. For instance, recyclers usually don’t accept Styrofoam, as its lightweight foam structure makes it hard to deal with. Polystyrene, the material CD cases and plastic forks is made with, is recyclable.
Other typical recyclable plastic goods are high-density polyethylene milk bottles, medicine bottles made of polypropylene, vinyl packaging, low-density polyethylene disposable drink cups. Typical examples of things made with recycled plastics are traffic cones, oil funnels, shampoo bottles, and floor tiles.
Recycling plastics helps diminish fossil fuel consumption. The Energy Information Administration states that over 190 million barrels of crude oil was used to make plastics in 2010.
Additionally, plastics manufacturers consumed over 400 billion cubic feet of natural gas to make resins and materials and resins. Of this total, over 12 billion cubic was made into plastic and over 400 billion cubic feet was scorched to fuel production. Besides lessening the need for oil, recycling plastic saves the energy necessary to make new materials. A ton of recycled plastic saves more than 7,500 kilowatt-hours of electricity or the same amount of energy it takes to run a household for seven months.
Plastic goods are useful since they are durable. But this turns into a disadvantage when things are discarded. The natural means that break down many cardboard, wood, or paper products in a couple of months don’t affect plastic materials as much. In landfills, plastics comes together, making a volume of refuse that doesn’t seems to go away. In nature, plastic bits and pieces become ugly annoyances and risks to animals. Redirecting discarded plastics from the stream of refuse and renovating them into new goods keeps these stubborn materials away from landfills and the environment.