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5 Myths about Plastic Recycling

Since childhood, we all have been taught that plastics should be Reduced, Reused, and recycled. People are becoming more and more aware of environmental activism and the imminent threat due to climate change. There are many myths about plastic recycling. So many programs have been introduced to reduce waste in the environment and its impact on society. However, the waste we produce needs to be recycled. People have many misconceptions about the practice of recycling. Some people also believe that it is not worth the energy and time to recycle plastic waste. 

People believe that recycled goods are not of good quality or acceptable quality. These myths lead to the spreading of false information in society. Recycling is one of the most vital activities which helps in reducing the wastage of material and reusing it in different forms. People need to know about the myths and facts about recycling. National Geographic has also identified some myths about plastic recycling. Let’s take a look at five myths about plastic recycling goods:

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5 Myths About Plastic Recycling

Myth #1: Recyclable Items Made of Different Materials should be Sorted

Although sorting out things is very helpful, it is unnecessary for the successful recycling of different products. In some areas, people are asked to do the separation and the convenience to identify disposable and non-disposable goods. You can put all the recyclable items together in one bin as it does not affect the process of recycling. Also, Single-stream recycling is a more affordable and efficient option rather than recycling all the items separately. This is one of the basic myths about plastic recycling.

Myth #2: Crumpled Bottles or Cans cannot be recycled

While going through the myths about plastic recycling here is another misconception that everyone has heard. We all believe that bottles should be crushed or crumpled before throwing that in the bins, but this statement is not valid. Even if you leave the bottles or cans without collapsing or grinding, the heavy machinery at the recycling plant will do the work for you. However, crumpled-up bottles and cans can also be recycled without any issue. You can also dispose of the bottles and cans at any recycling center having self-service recycling machines which can identify the types of containers that should be accepted or not.

Myth #3: Recycling can be done only once per material

People believed that materials could only be recycled once, which is not true at all for ages. Materials like metals, glass can be recycled again and again without causing degradation in the quality. But in the case of Plastic, the statement is true to some extent as they have a short life span. Plastic goods like Water bottles do not become new water bottles after recycling but transform into plastic pellets for different products, including Clothing, Rugs, Upholstery, and other non-recyclable items.

Myth #4: Quality of the products made from Recycled materials are Inferior

When recycling was introduced to reduce the wastage of materials, people believed that products made from recycled materials are inferior and of low quality. It is true that many years ago, products made from the recycled raw material used to be fragile and degraded quality, but now the demand for goods made with recycled material has increased. The quality of raw material made from recycling products can be trusted for creating new products due to the advancement and improvement in the technology that can produce high-quality products using recycled materials.

Myth #5: Separating regular Trash from Recyclable Material isn’t Important

Separating the regular garbage and trash from the recyclable materials is very important. You should not throw things like organic food waste or broken glass in the recycling bin as it can become a significant issue if it goes for recycling into the recycling system. It can provoke severe problems during the recycling process and can also damage the recycling machinery.

Separating the regular garbage and trash from the recyclable materials is very important. You should not throw things like organic food waste or broken glass in the recycling bin as it can become a significant issue if it goes for recycling into the recycling system. It can provoke severe problems during the recycling process and can also damage the recycling machinery.

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Conclusion

Since childhood, We have heard a lot of misconceptions and myths about plastic recycling that still are prevailing in the society. People believe that recycled goods are not of good quality or acceptable quality. Some people also believe that it is not worth the energy and time to recycle plastic waste. These myths lead to the spreading of false information in society. Go through the above given myths and find out which are the true facts and which is misconception. Also, Read more about Chemical Recycling and how does that work

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