Recycled Plastic vs New Plastic: Which is Better?
Plastic is probably the most extensively used (and abused) material. Because of its durability, versatility, moisture resistance, availability and cost-effectiveness plastics have become one of the essentials of our modern lives. But the ratio of plastic consumption and environmental contamination every year in Australia is alarming. Only 14% of plastic byproducts are processed or recycled.
To subdue the health and environmental issues caused by plastic, the Environment Ministry of Australia proposed moving to 100% sustainable, microbeads free plastic products by the end of 2025.
So let’s dive into some insights regarding why recycled plastic is better than newly produced plastic:
Why New Plastic Waste is Hazardous?
- The most staggering reason plastic is harmful is that plastic byproducts don’t decompose the same way other organic components do. Plastics take at least 50 years to decompose. Some plastic products can take up to 1,000 years to break down into smaller chemical constituents.
- Frequently used plastic byproducts, especially plastic trash bags, shampoo bottles, traffic cones etc. turn into biohazards the moment they are thrown into the trash instead of recycling. But the good news is, whether the plastic products are high-density polyethylene (e.g. shampoo bottles, containers) or low-density polyethylene (e.g. plastic bags), they can be recycled and repurposed.
- The ubiquitous nature of plastic trash causes hydraulic fracturing in fertile landfills. The plastic components cause underground rock compulsion, weakening the natural soil formation which ultimately results in barren grounds and prolonged periods of drought.
- Overconsumption and mindless trash dissipation of plastic resin have serious negative effects. The organic polymer chemicals contain toxic constituents like Antiminitroxide, Bisphenol A (BPA) and Thalates which can result in cardiovascular issues along with dysfunctionality of the liver and lungs and other respiratory problems. When the plastic waste components are exposed to high temperatures, the chemical bond starts to loosen up and begin to strain, contaminating nearby water supplies.
Why Plastic Should be Recycled?
- Single-use plastic disposal has a significant economic consequence. Whether the plastic byproducts are low-density polyethylene or high-quality ones, plastic is by nature non-biodegradable. Recycling plastic requires up to 88% less energy and less fossil fuel consumption than producing virgin plastic from scratch. The saved energy can help to create more recycled products.
- Plastic waste should be recycled to decrease the over-consumption of plastics and save natural resources in general. Statistics estimate that for every one ton of recycled plastic, 7 yards of landfill ground stays free of contamination. 1 ton of recycled plastic waste saves more than almost four barrels of oil along with natural gas, petroleum and coal.
- Plastic waste is undoubtedly one of the most threatening pollutants. Recycling plastics is the most efficient way of turning trash into a valuable resource. Any plastic waste can be turned into multiple products and useful appliances after the process of recycling.
Recycling plastic waste is a mindful and visionary step. For proper management of plastic waste, you need to sign up for a comprehensive disposal service with strict protocols. In Melbourne, Metropolitan Transfer Station offers professional plastic waste recycling services. To ensure the cleanliness of your residence and environment don’t forget to contact our eco-friendly waste management team.