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Recycling plastics

  1. PLASTIC RECYCLING – WHAT, WHY AND HOW? By Pratima Pandey On World Environment Day 2019
  2. India generates 1,00,000 metric tonnes of waste per day. (TOI)… Where does it go?
  3. Open Burning...or… Emission of smoke, dioxins, furans and other chemical gases Settles on crops, livestock, air, and water Cancer, breathing, nervous system problems, etc.
  4. Landfills…or… Filth Diseases Global warming and climate change • It’s serious…Heat and cold waves, rising seas….More in NatGeo
  5. Drains, rivers…Ocean! Great Pacific Patch – Three times size of Spain Therefore…
  6. -WHAT Is Recycling? Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. (Wikipedia)
  7. WHY Recycle?
  8. HOW RecyclingWorks? Collection and Processing Manufacturing Purchasing New Products Made from Recycled Materials (EPA)
  9. WhatAll Can Be Recycled? Plastics Glass Metal Paper Cardboard Batteries Tyre (EPA)
  10. Why Plastic Recycling –What IfWe DON’T? Coca Cola produces 0.2 million bottles every minute.(The Guardian) In Kerala alone, 3.3 million plastic straws used every day (The Hindu). About 40% of plastics we use is single use plastic (BBC). Ganga ranks second in the world in terms of plastic it transports to ocean---0.1 million tons per year.(Nat Geo) Thirteen million tons of plastic flow into oceans every year (ET) One million seabirds die every year affected by plastic debris. (UNESCO)
  11. Pause…. And think… Should we burn or incinerate plastic waste …or dump it…or recycle it…
  12. HOW Is Plastic Recycling Done?
  13. What Can Be Made Of Recycled Plastics? …
  14. Commonly Used Plastics – CanThey Be Recycled? Water bottles Milk bottles Shampoo bottles Juice bottles Bottle caps Category 1; MostlyYes Category 2; MostlyYes Disclaimer: Analysis results based on internet research; may vary based on location; contents need to be rinsed before disposal of containers for recycling! Category 2; MostlyYes Category 1 or 2; Mostly yes Category 5; Maybe
  15. Commonly Used Plastics – CanThey Be Recycled? Plastic straws Grocery bags Chips packaging Styrofoam cups Online packaging Category 5; Practically difficult Category 4 and multilayered; Practically difficult Category 4; Practically difficult Category 6; Rarely Difficult; yet try separating paper from plastic mailers Disclaimer: Analysis results based on internet research; may vary based on location; contents need to be rinsed before disposal of containers for recycling!
  16. Green Learnings! Reduce - Before buying a new stuff – ask yourself…Do I really need it? Refuse Plastics – When you can! Reduce use of single-use plastic ---straws, spoons, plates! Use steel, glass utensils instead! Choose your plastics - Reduce use of non-recyclables.
  17. Green Learnings – Contd. Once bought, reuse plastics, whenever it is safe for health. Rinse plastics before giving away for recycling. When given a choice, opt for things made of recycled material. Spread awareness on plastic waste management.
  18. Let’s make the right choices – Let’s be the Change!
  19. ThankYou!
  20. Appendix 1- Can All Plastics Be Recycled?...Not Really! Category 1 – PET – commonly recycled Category 2 – HDPE – commonly recycled Category 3 – PVC – sometimes recycled Category 4 – LDPE – sometimes recycled Category 5 – PP – occasionally recycled Category 6 – PS – commonly recycled but DIFFICULT Category 7 – Miscellaneous – DIFFICULT to recycle (SPI, 1988) Disclaimer: Analysis results based on internet research; may vary based on location; contents need to be rinsed before disposal of containers for recycling!
  21. Appendix 2 – Links in order of appearance • https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/india-generates-100000-metric-tonnes-of- waste-per-day/articleshow/57917862.cms • https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/managing-reducing- waste/municipal-solid/environment/open-burning-garbage-health-risks.html • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/global-warming/global-warming- effects/ • https://www.businessinsider.in/The-giant-garbage-vortex-in-the-Pacific-Ocean-is-over- twice-the-size-of-Texas-heres-what-it-looks-like/articleshow/63435843.cms • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling • https://www.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics • https://www.epa.gov/recycle/how-do-i-recycle-common-recyclables
  22. Appendix 2 (Contd.) • https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/mar/14/coca-cola-admits-it-produces-3m- tonnes-of-plastic-packaging-a-year • https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/energy-and-environment/the-last- straw/article19523610.ece • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-43051153 • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/02/india-single-use-plastic-bans- maharashtra-tamil-nadu/ • https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/indl-goods/svs/paper-/-wood-/-glass/- plastic/-marbles/our-plastic-pollution-problem/articleshow/64420276.cms • http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/ioc-oceans/focus-areas/rio-20- ocean/blueprint-for-the-future-we-want/marine-pollution/facts-and-figures-on-marine- pollution/
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