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The Economics of Recycling Plastics

One of the cheapest environmental pollution control measure is recycling plastic products. The use of Plastic bags in the world is on a large scale for a wide range of purposes. Manufacture of plastic paper bags is from low-density polythene that is a non-biodegradable product.

It is very possible for one to estimate the intensity of damage that can be caused when these products accumulate after use. In addition, a lot of energy is required to manufacture them to meet the high consumer demands. Thus, the need arises for recycling plastic bags to reuse them over and again

Recycling Plastic Bags

About 82% of the polythene is produced from natural gas for manufacturing plastic and therefore one can estimate the amount of energy consumed in the process. Plastic bags when deposited on the ground clog landfills since it is very difficult to degrade them.

Plastic bags are also harmful to aquatic species when accumulated in water bodies like streams, rivers, ponds and oceans. Plastic bags manufactured from either low or high-density polyethylene can be recycled in supermarkets or at local councils providing this service.

The composition of Plastic is an oil-based product and the production process employs large-scale consumption of oil. Recycling plastic or reusing it actually saves the exhaustible sources of energy. Furthermore, this prevents it from getting on top of soil, on land and in water bodies.

There are various products that can be made using recycled plastic paper bags these are, handmade goods like toys or to make baskets, rugs, mats and other household goods, cleansing brushes and scouring pads.

Re-use of plastic bags can sort many environmental problems we are facing today, since they are none biodegradable the best solution is to reuse and recycle. Once these can no longer be applicable then degrading them using a chemical process known as photodegradation can apply.

By re-using the plastic once again, you are saving the environment from these obnoxious products. The recycling process involves 25%-50% less energy consumption than for making new products. Manufacturing plastic uses large landfill space.

The space saved by depositing the plastic bags in enclosed space and lining them up for recycling can be used for other beneficial industrial purposes . Preventing litter accumulation and piling of bags in water bodies is necessary. Photodegradation should be carried out in a secluded place and with care so that the toxic products released during the process do not harm biotic life.

Register as a member of one of the plastic recycling society in your area or store plastic bags and hand them over to grocery storekeepers to recycle them. There are curbside recycling programs, which carry out plastic bags recycling. Some smaller industries, which require plastic bags, accept used ones. Giving them used plastic bags is a good way to promote recycling and reuse of plastic, thus avoiding wastage.

The quantity of the plastic to be recycled depends upon the process employed for recycling. You can estimate that 1-ton plastic bags are recycled at the cost of $1,000. The cost will either be on the lower or higher side depending on the type of consumer goods manufactured.

Having been enlightened this much you should take an initiative to reuse and recycle every plastic bag that you use to carry items.

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