In today’s world use of plastic becomes an inevitable part of a human life. In sixty cities in India, around 16,876 tons of plastic wastes are generated each day, according to data from the country’s Central Pollution Control Board. So, the domination of plastic stands today too strong to be refuted. But we know all plastic in general produces bad chemicals which are awfully harmful to all living creatures of the world. Not only in cities, have the bad affects of plastic had we also seen in rural areas. For example, many animals of rural areas succumb to death by consuming plastic things. It is relevant to mention an event that Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar, a doctor of India, was deeply touched by an incident she had witnessed on a safari in India – a deer choking on a plastic packet that it had swallowed. “I realized how big this plastic problem is and how every creature on this earth is affected by it,” she says of the incident. So Dr. Tadpatrikar resolved to find a way to make plastic waste useful. She started experimenting in her kitchen, trying to “cook” plastic in a pressure cooker to create a practical fuel. “Plastic is made of crude oil, and we wanted to reverse the process to get usable oil,” Tadpatrikar explains. (Source of above information regarding Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar is https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Making-a-difference/2017/0330/She-found-a-way-to-make-plastic-waste-useful).
In view of environment affect it is needed to transform our habits and guard our health, well-being by providing reasonable measures and information for re-use and reducing the consumption of plastics. Reducing, reusing, recycling and recovering of waste of plastic can make changes our environment. In this way waste to wealth is converted and it leads to good wealth of our country. Scientists have shown a possible way how to convert plastics directly into useful forms of energy and chemicals for industry, using a process called, “cold plasma pyrolysis”. Of course, burning plastics to generate energy is normally far better than wasting them. But burning does not recover materials for reuse, and if the conditions are not tightly controlled, it can have detrimental effects on the environment such as air pollution. So, in a circular economy – where waste is recycled into new products, rather than being thrown away – technologies that give new life to waste plastics could transform the problem of mounting waste plastic.
Rather than wasting plastics, cold plasma pyrolysis can be used to recover valuable materials, which can be sent directly back into industry. Moreover, approximately 100 million plastic bottles are used and discarded every day, with 80% of them simply becoming non-biodegradable trash. To this waste of plastic bottle, our simple view to this waste can turn it into wealth. For example, we can use them to store all sorts of art and craft supplies. This is also a splendid back-to-school craft idea for kids.
However, a quote is apt for conclusion “nothing is waste until you make it waste” and responsibility goes to us to make waste to be wealth as per their own choice to make a better life. Thanks to present Government of India under unique governance of Hon’ble Prime Minister of India doing best to make our country a place wonderful by turning the waste into wealth. Plastic is one of them.