Have you ever thought about the harrowing pictures of oceans and wildlife you see every day? What do they remind you of? People react to different images differently, but how plastic waste is increasingly affecting our ecosystems calls for a universal reaction.
Some plastic wastes are non-recyclable, and once you’re done with a product, the only option you have is to dispense it. The non-recyclability of some plastics has raised global concerns, with some big-name brands pledging to reduce their plastic usage and packaging production. Isn’t this a clear exhibit that plastic disposal is a global issue?
It’s quite easy to discard recyclable waste due to the many recycling centres in the UK. However, how we deal with non-recyclable plastic is still a puzzle. If we can’t recycle them, should we throw them away?
Throwing plastics away isn’t the best solution. Although you can’t use them as cheap raw materials, there are various options you can adopt to dispose of them responsibly.
So, what should you do with non-recyclable plastics?
1. Contact your local recycler
This might sound contradictory. But you never know if they’ve got the technological capability to recycle all plastic codes. Although your waste item is non-recyclable, recycling experts may still recycle them via specified processes.
Some recyclers have recycling programs for nearly all hard-to-recycle plastic waste streams. They accept items like makeup products, oral care products, contact lenses, and much more. After recycling these products, recyclers sell them back to manufacturers as raw materials for new products. So, check if your local recycling centre can accept your non-recyclable plastic before trying other options.
Non-recyclable plastic wastes can’t serve as raw materials for new products. However, that doesn’t mean they’re completely useless! You can use your plastic can as a flower pot to decorate your home. Such creativity does not only save you money but helps you beautify your home environment. Instead of viewing those plastic cans as waste, see them as assets, and you’ll end up changing your attitude about them.
We always worry about plastic accumulation in our houses because industries are releasing plastic products in large quantities. How you dispense your waste is your responsibility, and you’ll have a little amount of waste to dispose of if you regulate your plastic product purchases. Consider the following tips:
- Take illegal dumping and littering seriously and avoid throwing plastic waste on the streets
- Normalize buying used things to avoid plastic packaging
- If you must buy plastic materials, choose the recyclable or biodegradable over non-recyclable plastic
- Choose reusable plastic products such as coffee cups rather than single-use plastics
3. Sell your old plastic items
Selling use plastic items means less garbage and less packaging of new items. Lots of people will show interest in your used plastic products instead of going for new ones.
4. Pay someone to remove the waste
There are people who collect plastic items from households at a fee. Although some people think that paying for such services is unfair, the task is challenging and people doing it should be paid. Look for a non-profit organization or international cooperative and see if they can take your plastics.
5. Dispose of the plastics at a certified landfill
Take littering seriously. Illegal dumping of garbage may lead to prosecution. Instead of throwing the trash on the street, consider disposing of it at a government landfill.
These are life-changing habits you need to try. Just form the habit of spotting opportunities in plastic waste items, and you will contribute a lot towards cleaner oceans and a greener future.
If these tips appeal to you, encourage others to try them too!