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The introduction of plastics changed the way things were executed. It was initially considered to be a boon for mankind but little did we know this product is here to stay for ages and create the problems one would not have imagined. From serving our needs to impacting the environment and our health too, this material has been of major concern. With the growing awareness, people are now more concerned about switching to greener options. But there’s still a long time required to see this transformation happening.
And now when we are left to deal with plastics, we need to be cautious while choosing our products-Opting the ones which can be easily recycled.
Look around you for the black-colored plastic products. Usually, it is traceable in food packing or containers- mostly in the form of single-use plastic. Even after been tagged as recyclable, black plastic just ends up in landfills.
In the recycling plant, waste is segregated automatically with the help of optical sorting machines which use infra-red rays to detect the material. As the ray gets absorbed by black plastic, this material fails in getting detected at this stage. The resultant product goes along with other non-recyclable trash and ends up being a part of the landfill.
Black plastic often considered to be non-recyclable is still being produced and used widely. Where black-colored plastic is neglected and directly dumped to disposal grounds rather than being treated, this calls for advancing the technologies to tackle this plastic in more optimal ways. The possible alternatives sought to handle this problem were replacing traditional methods with either manual sorting or deploying new technologies that could detect black plastic. But these alternatives were not economically viable and hence it was preferred to discard black plastic to landfills only.
As per Plastics Industry, black plastic contributes to 20% of the net waste, several measures were taken to ban the usage of this product. Where there is no benefit in using this material, as an end consumer we should completely eradicate the use of black plastic. We all should be aware about the fact that plastic contains harmful and toxic chemicals and this is how an innovation became a catastrophic problem for the world.
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