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Recycling Plastic: Eco-friendly, energy and water effective measures need of the hour

Plastic waste recycling

Plastic, a non-compostable organic polymer of high molecular mass, has literally today come to span our time and spaces. It seems we can’t do without plastics. But unmanaged plastics are a great nuisance and a threat to environment. The fact is: we can’t discard plastics for once and all. The trick, however, lies in recycling it making minimal use of water and power to ensure its continued use.

According to an estimate by the Container Recycling Institute in the United States more than 89 per cent of plastic water bottles – approximately 40 million each day – end up as trash or litter. In the absence of any effective plastic waste management or recycling mechanism, the plastic bottles are likely to disrupt the earth’s delicate aquifer and cause damage to the environment.

Plastic concerns!

‘Recycle plastic’ has become the most concerted, common buzz around today among the manufacturers and end-users of plastics. But recycling is not an easy and cost effective option to address various environmental and economic concerns arising out of excessive use of plastics. It poses numerous challenges: Incineration of plastic waste materials results in emission of gaseous chemicals that pose a direct threat to the earth’s vital and delicate ozone layer. Recycling plastics waste into reusable plastic palates entails use of high level of energy and huge amount of water. So, what’s the way out?

Waterless, energy effective recycling, a good option

The new technology recycles plastics without using any water. It can easily form the plastics beads without the use of excessive heat. This means there is not only no use of water but also energy consumption is cut down by 50 per cent compared to the energy consumed through conventional recycling.

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Green plastic: Can it be a reality!

Reuse or recycle plastic?

Reuse, reduce and last but not the least recycle plastic – which experts say should always be the last resort because it involves a power and water intensive process.

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