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What are the advantages and disadvantages of recycling plast

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Emma Holley

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Transcript of What are the advantages and disadvantages of recycling plast

Advantages of Recycling
-Less products that do not decompose are in landfills.

-It reduces a lot of environmental destruction.

-It also reduces the need for rubbish dumps. Approximately 50% of household items can be recycled but people don't think of it.

-Can you think of any more advantages?


Facts on Recycling Plastics
-•Almost every hour, nearly 250,000 plastic bottles are dumped. It is not surprising that plastic bottles constitute close to 50% of recyclable waste in the dumps.


•The average time taken by plastic bottles to decompose in a landfill is close to 700 years.


•Plastic not only adds to landfill space and takes forever to decompose. Used plastic dumped into the sea kills and destroys sea life at an estimated 1,000,000 sea creatures per year!


What's your opinion?
-What do you think? Is recycling good or bad?




-Can you name some advantages and disadvantages?

-Do you recycle?
Recycling Plastics
-Plastic recycling is the process of recovering scrap or waste plastic and reprocessing the material into useful products.

-Let's just say without recycling our world would be a messy and horrible place to live in.

-Did you know that experts warn by 2018 at the latest, we'll have no more space to bury our waste.
What are the
advantages

and

disadvantages
of recycling plastics?

Disadvantages of recycling
-Consider the energy cost it takes to transport the items you are recycling. For some, recycling centres are miles away. Plus, to recycle plastic polymers it requires greater processing, (heat treating, thermal depolymerization and monomer recycling) therefore we are using MORE energy and MORE fuels.

-Chemical costs in water. With certain plastics and with the inks on paper, these can get into the water during the recycling process. This can contaminate the water and make it danger for both animals and humans.

-For some things, the energy of recycling results are about no difference between throwing something away and recycling.
By Emma, Katie, Joe and Callum
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