Plastic Waste is biggest threat for the world.
A very useful material and one of the greatest inventions that we have had in recent times is Plastic. It has found widespread uses across the domains, starting from household items, to electronic devices and stationary. It has grabbed it all. Therefore, plastic waste is also getting increase day by day.
So much so, that plastic has become an inseparable part of our lives. And just as they say, an excess of everything is bad, blind use of plastic for the ease and convenience has started to show its repercussions.
All Plastic Can’t Recycled
As we all know, plastic is a non-biodegradable substance. In simpler language, it means that it cannot be naturally decomposed by the environment. It continues to remain in it for hundreds of years.
Plastic can only be recycled, that it can be converted from one form to another, as the only way to stop it from accumulating in the environment. But then, recycling for all plastic is not possible, and the collection of recyclable plastic is the biggest challenge.
According to a recent report, India generates about 25940 tonnes of plastic waste every single day. Among that, more than 40% of it remains uncollected and therefore is not recycled.
An even greater challenge is posed by the single-use plastic which is neither biodegradable nor recyclable. The plastic poly bags, wrappers, sheets and laminations that we use fall under this category.
Due to their trivial nature, they continue remaining in the environment for years and years, choking the drainage systems, mixing with soil and water, being consumed by animals and sea life, and even ending up in the human body at the end of the food chain. You see, the threat comes a full circle.
Therefore, it is very important to if not eliminate, curm the use of single-use plastic. The government needs to take steps, but the greater onus lies on the citizens, to mend their ways of life which have become largely plastic dependent.