ALTERNATIVE PRODUCTS FROM RECYCLING PLASTICS 1
My final paper will concentrate on Alternative Products fromRecycling Plastics. The rationale for settling on this topic is thatthe production of plastic products is still rampant despite theconcerns by environmental authorities. Understanding how people canbenefit from recycling plastics can change their attitude as well asinfluencing the approach adopted by the environmental agencies incombating environmental pollution from waste plastics (Bauhus, 2010).Most of the people who dispose of plastics irresponsibly areoblivious of the benefits that they can draw from the products. Theproduction of plastic is usually high to meet the demand in themarket. Most of the shopping complexes and grocery shops use plasticsas wrappers. Highlighting these alternative products will beinstrumental in changing their attitude towards plastics andencourage responsible disposal for the purposes of recycling.
The amount of plastics recycled every year is proof that people arestill arrogant of the various methods of recycling them. For examplein 2013, only 31.2% of all the plastics produced and used in theUnited States were recycled (Carbone & Smith, 2010). The restended either in landfills or irresponsible strewn in the environment.Raising this percentage can immensely contribute to environmentalconservation. About a third of all the produced plastics in theUnited States end up in landfills (Bauhus, 2010). The citizens spendon buying new plastics every time and use them only for primaryfunctions (Buekens & Yang, 2014). Alternative products from theirrecycling can save on cost, make the environment cleaner and createemployment for thousands of people. The products from recycledproducts are offered by private investors with very little input fromthe government. The use of such products should be encouraged by boththe environment and other government agencies across the world over(Buekens & Yang, 2014).
Finally, it is imperative to highlight the products that people canget from plastics since the world cannot resort to an impromptu banof plastics. Most of the household items in people’s houses areplastics. Also, when shopping, people take plastics to their home onevery trip from the groceries. The various companies dealing widthplastics recycle have been exemplary examples of recycling viability.Concentrating on maximizing the products derived from the process canattract many investors and support from both private and governmentinstitutions. The heaps of plastics bottles, cans and wrappers in theenvironment in the country and other parts of the world is evidenceof the oblivious nature of people the products they can get fromrecycling (Scott, 2013). While supporting the idea of banningplastics in future in preference for bio-degradable materials, it isonly viable to address the issue at hand by recycling and creatingawareness of the alternative products that people can get fromplastic recycling.
The current amount of plastics produced in the United States and therecycling levels
Rationale for Recycling
Benefits of recycling plastics and the contribution of recycling toenvironmental conservation
and their uses
The various items manufactured from recycled plastics, their pricesand different uses
A Comparison between Disposal and Recycling
A justification of why industries should focus on recycling ratherthan disposing of plastics
A recap o the alternative products derived from recycling products,their uses and the contribution of the products to environmentalconservation.
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