Like in the case of all other chemical substances, ‘disposal’ of plastic is a myth. Once plastic is produced, the harm is DONE once and for all. Plastic defies any kind of attempt at disposal – be it through recycling, burning, or landfilling.
The next time you do the shopping and carry home the things in a cute, comfy plastic carry-bag, think: you are contributing your share to a deadly pollution, the ill-effects of which are irreversible and capable of reaching out to numerous generations to come.
Plastic is one of the major toxic pollutants of our time. Being a non-biodegradable substance, composed of toxic chemicals, plastic pollutes earth, air and water.
There is no way whatsoever you can ‘safely’ dispose of plastic waste. Plastic causes serious damage to environment both during its production and disposal. So the only way to reduce the hazards of plastic is to reduce the use of plastic and thereby force a reduction in its production.
Plastic plays the villain right from the stage of its production. The major chemicals that go into the making of plastic are highly toxic and pose serious threat to living beings of all species on earth. Some of the constituents of plastic such as benzene and vinyl chloride are known to cause cancer, while many others are gases and liquid hydrocarbons in it vitiate earth, water and air.
Plastic resins themselves are flammable and have contributed considerably to several fire accidents worldwide.
(Read the full article from the March Issue of Safety Messenger Magazine 2015)