How does Plastic Contribute to Climatic Change?

Plastic is a general waste that is generated everywhere by every people in this world. People are using the plastic products like straws, bags, and bottles. Even plastics are used in the body manufacturing of vehicles. Researches proved that plastic is the major producer of GHG, methane, and methane gases. These gases will make environmental and climatic changes. Even the dumping of plastics into landfills will cause global warming. Though there are many disadvantages, plastic is easy to carry and use and it is low cost. So, people love to use plastic products. It is not good so, plastic is not only dangerous to the environment but also for human health. This article is to create awareness about how does plastic contributes to climatic changes.

How does plastic affect the environment?

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Plastics are affecting the environment with the high emission of GHG, methane, and ethylene. The effect of sunlight and heat makes the plastic react with the rays and thus producing danger-causing gases. The process of manufacturing, transporting, refining, extracting, and degradation are the stages of getting a plastic product. The plastic cannot be disposed of easily, it requires a minimum of 450 years to 1000 years to decompose itself. The only way is to burn them, but this is not an advisable one. Because the burning of plastics will produce a high smell and emits more and more amount of toxic gases. These gases will mix with the atmospheric air and it results in climatic changes.

How Plastic is born?

Currently, plastic production consumes up to 8% of the global oil consumption. This will be increased to 20% in 2050. The first stage of plastic is the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal. The transportation of the raw materials emits CO2 gas in the atmosphere. The extraction of Fossil fuels requires a large area which will result in the destruction of forests. After the extraction, the fuels should be transported through rails, and pipes which emit carbon more than any other chemicals.Plastic -free environment

After the extraction, plastic production requires petrochemicals, which are refined to build ethylene, butane, propylene, and other plastic products. Transportation and manufacturing require more amount energy. It is shown that over 60% of GHG is produced by the process of refining, transporting, and manufacturing plastics. This results in seasonal changes, climatic condition changes, global warming, and Tsunami, etc.

How to Overcome this?

It is difficult to eliminate the usage of plastics completely, and they cannot be destroyed too. So you can reduce the usage of plastics by using recyclable and reusable products. The products like metal straws, cloth bags, glass bottles, and metals cans are the best alternatives for plastic products. Though it costs higher than plastic, it can be used for years or months. But plastic products are single usage products and it is thrown off after the usage.

The common people do not how to dispose of plastic wastes properly. It is important to hire a professional rubbish removal service to dispose of the plastics properly. The experts will recycle the plastic products which are recyclable like plastic bottles. The products like straw and cups cannot be recycled so it is kept safe in a closed area. Reduce the usage of plastics to protect our environment and lead a safe and healthy life.

How to Dispose of Plastics in right way?

Plastic Wastes are the wastes that are generated all over the world. People love to use single-use plastic products which are easy to carry, use, and throw off. Everyone is aware of the dangers caused by plastic, but no one is ready to refuse the usage of plastics. Plastics took a minimum of 450 years to 1000 years to decompose themselves. Many people will have the idea of recycling when this question arises “how to dispose of plastics?”. It is good to recycle the plastics, but in Europe, only 32% of the plastic wastes are recycled, but in the UK 370,000 tonnes of plastic bottles are recycled, compared to just 13,000 tonnes in 2000, it shows that the usage of plastic is increased 20 times more than the past years. In the UK, each person is producing 76Kg of plastic wastes every year.

Single-use plastics

The single-use plastics are the properties that are used by every person every day. Some of the plastics like, plastic bottles, straws, bags, etc., It is good to say that the UK government allows the local authorities to collect the plastic bottles for recycling. Recycling is the best method to dispose of single-use plastics especially bottles. The process of recycling plastic bottles is easy compared to other products. You can use the Recycling Locator, to find when and how the local authority council will collect your wastes.

Dispose of Plastics in Uk

Plastic Straw

The usage of plastic straws is increasing today because it is less costly and it very easy to use and carry and it attracts the buyer with its different colors. The plastic straws cannot be recycled and disposed of easily, it took many years. The only method of disposing of the straw safely is to avoid using those products. Try to use wheat-fibred straws which is also a single-use product, and you can buy a metal strip that can be used for years without any restriction. Please do not throw off the straws place them in your own place in a closed area or a bin.

Plastic recycling

 Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are loved by all the people when it was introduced. Because it is easy to carry and does not require any charge and it is a single-use. There is no way of disposing of the plastic bags, just return those bags to the shop and the owner of the shop will transfer the plastic bags to a recycling center. The usage of plastic bags is reduced when it is charged in 2015, not only recycling, but you should also avoid using the plastic bags, instead use your own cloth bags or buy a string grocery bag.

Conclusion

The usage of plastic is still increasing in many countries, though the plastics are recycled, the production and the process of recycling will produce toxic GHG gases which will affect the environment and the ozone layer. The only way to dispose of plastics is to avoid using them and try to advise your surroundings about the danger caused by plastics.