Management of plastic waste: a step towards clean environment
by Priyanka Gupta
International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology (IJRET), Vol. 8, No. 3/4, 2017

Abstract: Plastic pollution may be defined as the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that may affect human life as well as wildlife. Plastics waste contributes a major proportion to the total municipal solid waste. Plastic is composed of various chemical elements and it does not degrade naturally even after its usage. It is properties such as durability, light weight and low cost, which makes it so useful also makes it problematic when it comes to its end of life phase. Mismanagement of plastics waste may pose environmental hazards such as when littered it may interfere with the natural beauty of the city and it may also result in choked drains, may cause air pollution when burnt with garbage containing plastics, interferes in waste processing facilities when garbage is mixed with plastics. Therefore plastic waste management techniques are required for proper management of plastic waste in a way which is environment friendly and may help in the proper utilisation of plastic material. The solution to tackle this problem lies in following 3R namely reduce, reuse and recycle. Waste plastics can be recycled and used in several ways including construction of roads.

Online publication date: Thu, 21-Dec-2017

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