Recycling and Other Reasons Why Hard Plastic Recycling Can Be Effective


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Hard plastic is one of the most popular forms of recyclable waste that companies can take. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the amount of plastic waste being produced is increasing on a daily basis. Some industries have begun to take advantage of this fact and are opting to separate and send their plastics into rigid plastics for recycling or melting down and making them into lighter plastics such as polymers. There are many benefits that come with plastics recycling, including reduced landfill waste, saving money and saving the environment.

An Overview

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Recycling hard plastic recycling takes two forms. The first type is called pre-fabrication recycling and it involves the recycling of plastics such as soda cans, plastic juice cans, metal can bottles, egg containers and any other type of hard plastic recycling that may be appropriate. This process does not involve melting down the plastics but instead breaks down the materials into simpler compounds that can be used again without causing damage to the environment. Some companies choose to use pre-fabrication recycling for glass, paper, tin, aluminum cans and the like, while others choose to recycle these materials in either a dry or wet state.

The second form of hard plastic recycling involves reprocessing waste oil. When oil is used, it produces a byproduct called petroleum gas, which is then captured and sent off to a central recycling facility. The oil is first heated and then cooled, making it soft enough to be recycled into new products. Some recycling centers also choose to burn off used motor oil or sewage sludge as well. Because this second form of recycling requires so little energy to produce, the process results in less pollution and landfills are less crowded.

Recycling Hard Plastic

By separating and recycling hard plastics, companies can also reduce their dependence on imported oil. When hard plastics are recycled, they provide many different opportunities for new products to be manufactured. Since the product is made from recycled material, it may contain a new use for previously unused packaging, or it could even help reduce the amount of waste that would otherwise be sent to landfills. In fact, some recycling programs have developed strategies that involve using the new products to reduce the amount of petroleum gas that is produced by vehicles.

In addition to helping to reduce landfill waste and the amount of natural resources that are needed to create new products, hard plastics recycling has other benefits. Recycling efforts often promote environmental responsibility. In many areas, local businesses and government entities to work with recycling organizations to try and get as many items recycled as possible. Many public and private institutions also work with drop-off centers, taking care of the sorting and sending off the plastics to appropriate places.

The recycling programs of the United States have developed strategies for handling waste plastics that include separating out the recyclables and encouraging proper disposal. One such strategy requires all plastics that are going to be dumped in a landfill to first be breakable and recyclable. If the plastics are not recyclable, they can be broken down and sold to a recycling company. This ensures that fewer natural resources are required for creating new products, and that less landfills are being filled up.

The use of household recycling is on the rise. In fact, according to the E.P.A., nearly 40 percent of all residential waste can be recycled. One of the biggest reasons for this is the rising number of plastic bottles and cans that are being thrown away each year. In addition, the growing trend of buying reusable grocery and other store bags has meant that many of these items will end up in a landfill, rather than being put into a recycling bin. By separating plastics and encouraging consumers to recycle paper as well, households can greatly reduce the amount of natural resources that are needed to produce new products.

Bottom Line

Another reason why recycling programs work is because the materials are easier to handle when they are broken down. For instance, hard plastic waste takes a longer time to degrade when thrown away rather than simply breaking down with heat or acid. This means that the waste can sit around in a landfill for many years before it decomposes completely and allows it to attract pests and animals such as rodents and insects. By segregating plastics and encouraging people to separate their own waste, the possibility of more trash being sent to a landfill can be reduced.

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