Here's why Plastic is a Leading Cause of Environmental Waste
Did you know that plastic pollution is one of the leading causes of environmental waste?
Plastic is one of the most commonly used materials in the world. It is inexpensive, easy to manufacture, and can be used in thousands of different applications.
But with such widespread use and popularity comes a considerable downside that affects the entire world – plastic pollution.
Plastic pollution is slowly becoming one of the world’s leading environmental issues as it increases in production. As plastic production continues, the world’s ability to deal with pollution is affected as well.
What Causes Plastic Pollution?
There are many contributors to plastic pollution, including mass use of single-use plastics, low recycling rates, and lack of education on discarding and recycling plastics properly.
Today, plastic is used all over the world in countless different applications. Because its use is so widespread, people tend to disregard the material’s effects on the environment.
Chemicals made from non-renewable resources comprise most plastics. Producers create 300 million tons of plastic every year and 40 percent of which are single-use plastics. These products, like plastic grocery bags or straws, have a small lifespan but can stay in the environment for hundreds of years if not recycled properly.
Other single-use plastic products include:
- Shampoo bottles
- Water bottles
- Hot drink cups
- Shopping bags
- Ice cream tubs
- Bottle caps
- Cigarette butts
How Do We Slow it Down?
Most plastics end up in the environment – only 9% of plastic is recycled, while 79 percent are in the environment or landfills. Plastics are also significant contributors to ocean pollution. 8 million tons of plastic end up in oceans because rivers carry the plastic to the sea
Not only do we need to slow down the flow of plastic and how we use it, but we also have to change the way we handle our plastic waste.
We use plastic products every day without thinking about what might happen when we finish using them, so we must change the way we use and recycle them.
By eliminating the amount of single-use plastic we use every day, we can significantly help reduce plastic pollution. Some ways we can reduce plastic pollution include:
- Reusable shopping bags
- Reusable water bottles and mugs
- Eliminating plastic straws
- Avoiding excessive food packaging
- Buying in bulk
Plastic Waste Can Stay in the Environment for Centuries
Plastic pollution is so prominent because the properties inside plastics make it extremely difficult for nature to break them down. The particles found in plastics never entirely disappear and are often swallowed by fish or farm animals, which go into the food and tap water we drink.
In addition to this, many people are simply unaware of the effects of plastic pollution. By making simple changes to the way we use plastic and educating others about it, we can help save the environment.
Bottle Depots are Doing Their Part - And So Can You!
Recycling reduces the need to harvest or extract raw materials from the earth. As an essential service, your local bottle depot is doing what it can to ensure the community’s health and safety and the environment.
Recycling is critical to ensure the health of our planet. When you organize recycling, you are helping to reduce the amount of waste produced every day.
If you are looking for the best way to get rid of your recycling, you can visit us here or get in contact with us here.
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