Advantage of Plastic Recycling

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  • Topic: Recycling, Plastic recycling, Polyethylene terephthalate
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Introduction
Recycling is processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials, reduce the consumption of fresh raw materials, reduce energyusage, reduce air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution from landfilling by reducing the need for "conventional" waste disposal, and lower greenhouse gas emissions as compared to virgin production. Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles, and others. Nowadays plastic is one of the most commonly used materials for recycling. There are around 10000 types of plastic that are used for manufacturing a whole lot of products, right from pet bottles, to kids’ toys and even clothes. This resulted in a substantial increase in plastic waste dumped all over the world. So plastic recycling was introduced. This is due to various reasons and the chief of them is the environmental pollution. Researches show that degradation of plastic takes around 100 to 1000 years and it is the concern of human for future. There are numerous advantages and disadvantage of recycling plastic that we want to talk about them here. At first we examine the advantage of plastic recycling. 1. Conservation of Resources

The main important benefit of plastic recycling is conservation of resources. Oil and natural gas are two of the main components used for the production of the raw materials used to make plastic. For example, large amount of petroleum are needed for making new plastic products and around 40% of the petroleum consumption can be reduced by recycling old plastic to new products. 2. Reduction of Harmful Emission

Reduction of harmful gases emission is one of the other benefits of plastic recycling. According previous part making plastic takes oil, so decreasing the need to produce plastic items conserves nonrenewable fossil fuels and therefore reduce CO2 emissions. Greenhouse gases are also emitted while burning petroleum and if the...
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