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Surname 1 Name Course Professor Date Processing of Waste Plastics into more useful Resources. Introduction Changing production and consumption patterns and the current economic growth have resulted to increased production of waste plastics on the planet. It is estimated in most developing regions like Pacific and Asia, and several other developing regions, plastic production is on the increase much more as compared to developed nations. This is mainly brought because of rapid economic development and rapid urbanization is this region. According to a research done on plastics, it was found out that the annual consumption of plastics globally has really increased; in 1950s, the consumption of plastic materials was roughly five million tones, this figure has changed 50 years later to about hundred million tones, which is 20 times more. With this increased figure continuing to rise, there is need to find a way to reduce the current amount of plastic in the environment. After paper waste and food waste, plastic waste is the third major contributor of municipal waste in all the cities around the world. This continuing increase is plastic materials is one of the big challenges local authorities are facing today, responsible for solid waste sanitation and management. Due to absence of a good integrated management system of solid waste, these wastes have resulted to a lot negative impacts on public health and environment.
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Surname 2 With the current steps that have been made in technology, plastics materials can be recycled. This will provide a good opportunity to dispose and collect waste made of plastics to be converted into a more useful resource and collected in an environmental friendly manner. In most of the occasions, recycling of plastic waste can be viable economically, since it is capable of generating useful resources, which are on demand. Plastic recycling has the biggest potential of reducing the current endemic of greenhouse gas emissions and resource conservation, such as production of diesel fuel. Resource conservation is an important goal for most local and national governments, which experiences rapid economic and industrialization development, which inserts lots of pressure on the available natural resource. It has been proven that proper recycling, segregation system can significantly reduce the amount of pollution, and it can be converted into resource after being diverted from landfills. Plastic waste have always presented opportunities and challenges to the world regardless on the technological advancement and sustainability awareness. In this paper, the various research on the progresses made in the recovery and recycling of plastic waste is reviewed and discussed. Many dangers and challenges are being posed by excessive amount of plastic in the environment. The society should start seeing them as resources and not waste. Regardless of
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  • Spring '12
  • Waste, Biodegradable waste, Waste-to-energy, plastic waste

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