PLASTIC : FROM WASTE TO WEALTH
Plastic, with its exclusive qualities is now a serious worldwide environmental and health concern, essentially due to its non-biodegradable nature. More than 50% of the plastic waste
generated in the country is recycled and used in the manufacture of various plastic products.
The Treasure is hidden in the trash.It is different matter that we are far behind in extracting this money kept in the treasury. Waste management is in bad condition in India, there is no complete policy of how the disposal of waste from the cities should be done. In such a situation the matra to make “waste to wealth” can be useful to us.
These days our earth has been filled by a lot of waste. Plastic waste is one of the biggest problem for us now. And our solution in this problem is recycling..
>>IN MY OPINION, we prefer more REUSE & REDUCE with the RECYCLING. The plastic things are easy to reuse & recycle. These all three ways also help us to save money & as well as reduce waste from environment. These human activities can help earth to bring up again. We know that, most of our goods made of plastic. The bad news is, plastic waste that come from our unusable goods endup in the oceans. This leads to pollute the marine environment. There are 60-80% plastic waste coming from land. This human activity can lead to destruction of various sea species. This is the only one example, their are many examples like this. And this example is enough to start the recycling of plastic products.I
>>HOW TO START REDUCING
To reduce plastic – we can take a home made (cloth) bag with us to carry our goods. We can prefer a wood water bottle or metal bottles to keep water when we are outside. These type of simple activities definitely help us to reduce plastic from the environment.
When we use plastic, we also generate waste after its usefulness is lost, here the real disconnect happened. The industry didn’t realise that it has to work faster to generate collection method for plastic waste to make it an employment generation sector and generate application for plastic waste with products to suit industry & society.
Plastic waste can be used to make products. Latest technologies of science are producing different type of energy by waste plastic.
>>WORKING INSTITUTIONS :- Deshmukh research institute has made bricks from the plastic waste which is projected to be used for army bunkers as it has ability to absorb the power of high intensity gun firing. This application alone can use large scale of mixed plastic to form tiles, bricks & blocks.
Other organisations working to manage plastic waste are-
2. Natural resources defence council
3. Plastic pollution coalition
4. Surfrider foundation
5. Plastic oceans
6. Plastic soap foundation etc.
These organisations are working to reduce plastic & convert it into wealth.
>> Properties that makes Plastic Waste suitable for ROAD CONSTRUCTION –
• Better Coating Ability to aggregates
• Improved bonding between binder aggregates
• Higher Marshall stability
• Higher resistance to fatigue and permanent deformation characteristics.
• Less susceptibility to water damage.
>>MANAGMENT of Waste Plastic
• Reduce (A ban on thinnest Polybags)
• Reuse (Bisleri & cold drinks bottles)
• Recycle (60-70 %)
• Plastics as a Greenhouse Gas Emission Saver .
>>Govt had launched plastic waste collection drive from September 11
-Uttar Pradesh legislatively has also announced a ban on single use plastic and many other states are set to follow suit.
– Prime Minister Narendra Modi having announced a target to cut down use of single use plastic by 2020, the entire government machinery is set to swing into action to make it happen.
-The first target date was October 2- the 150th birth anniversary commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi.
>>Today we have to save our earth by recycling the useless stuffs. Paper, plastic, glass, metals & all can be recycled with the help of latest technologies. So we have to support them and try to avoid using plastic things if not necessary.
These small steps of us will definitely lead our environment to a good way and also improve the quality of life on earth.
“A small step can lead to a big & healthy change for environment”……..