Plastic is very much a staple in the world today but it's definitely not a perfect product. There is a slew of toxins within many plastics, including BPA. Plastic never goes away. It is a material made to last forever, yet 33 percent of all plastic - water bottles, bags, and straws - are used just once and thrown away. What makes it worse is that plastics cannot biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces but never decomposes.
Man artificially makes plastic by using a number of toxic chemicals. Therefore, the use of and exposure to plastics has been linked to a number of health concerns affecting people around the world. The processes of making, storing, disposing of, and just being around plastics can be extremely harmful to living things.
While a complete solution to the plastic waste problem is likely years away, small changes can make a big difference. Choosing to forgo straws, as many restaurants have begun to do, lessens the plastic waste problem today. However, we still have a long way to go before we can conclude that we are free of plastic pollution.
Plastic shopping bags present many problems for the world as well. These bags on land are one of the most common types of litter. Build-ups of huge quantities of plastic bags are well known to block local drainage systems, especially in developing countries.
Health-wise, when plastic #7 polycarbonate containers are coated with bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical that is linked to many health problems including cancer, endocrine disruption, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and miscarriages, it is a very harmful plastic to have in your life. Avoid polycarbonate plastics to store food or beverages.
Recycling is an important way for individuals and businesses to reduce the waste they generate and reduce the negative impact of that waste. Because recycling is big business in Ohio, every time you recycle you support the many companies and employees doing this important work.
The recycling symbol and number printed on plastics indicates what type of plastic the item is made of but does not guarantee the item can be recycled. Ohio State does not recycle plastics #3-#7 unless the plastic is bottle-shaped. For those residents, recycling is as easy as placing recyclable items together in a container. Please contact the local jurisdiction for information on your solid waste hauler and/or to request a curbside recycling container. This simple easy way to recycle will help save landfill space, energy, and natural resources.
If you are producing a significant amount of plastic waste, it would do you good to hire a private waste management company. Cincinnati Dumpster Rental Whiz is an industrial waste recycling company located in 3295 Spring Grove Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225. Apart from waste collection and dumpster container rental, they buy, sell and recycle plastic scrap material. Some of their services include in-house plastic processing, custom recycling programs, toll processing, and densification and pelletizing. Call them at 513-854-7408 to inquire more about their services.