Why Recycling Plastic is Important

From toothbrushes to margarine containers, plastic is sometimes difficult to avoid in our daily routines and lives. 
It is challenging to completely avoid plastic, especially when our basic essentials are primarily packaged in plastic - but it is important to reduce plastic waste.
The safe disposal of plastic is everyone's responsibility.
Reducing plastic waste can be done in different ways such as recycling, upcycling or reusing plastic to prevent plastic ending up in landfill sites.
Recycling is when plastic is taken to a recycling company and the old plastic is broken down and processed to make products from the recycled material.
Upcycling is when a product that is no longer useful has been made into something more valuable than it's original purpose.
Plastic re-use is when people use ice-cream or margarine containers for another purpose other than the original use.
In this blog, we will discuss the environmental impact of plastic waste and explore the benefits of recycling plastic.

 

Environmental Impact Of Plastic Waste

When plastic items end up in landfills or natural habitats like rivers and oceans, they degrade extremely slowly and take hundreds of years to break down. As a result, vast amounts of plastic accumulate, causing significant damage to ecosystems and animals.
Improper disposal of plastic products can also lead to clogged drains and soil contamination. Degrading plastic releases toxic chemicals that threaten plant and animal life, further deteriorating the ecosystem.
 

Benefits of Recycling Plastic

Recycling plastic is an effective way to combat the environmental crisis caused by the irresponsible disposal of plastic waste. Here are some key benefits of recycling:
 
Conservation of resources:
With recycling, environmental fauna and flora  resources are conserved, reducing the need for further extraction, and reducing carbon emissions.
 
Waste Reduction:
The amount of plastic waste that ends up in landfills sites is significantly reduced, alleviating some of the pressure placed on the land. Landfills are already reaching their capacities and landfill rehabilitation time is struggling to keep up with the amount of waste dumped at the sites.
 
Promoting a Circular Economy:
The circular economy refers to making a product, using a product then recycling the same product and remaking new products from the recycled material.
By reusing materials and closing the loop, a circular economy minimizes waste production and prolongs the life cycle of resources.
As a result, new products can be made from recycled plastics, contributing to a sustainable and resource-efficient future.
Did you know that not all recyclable materials are the same?
This is why practicing separation at source is important. Separating your waste at home according to the different type of materials (example, plastic, glass, cans) contributes to efficient and correct recycling. It is easier to be recycled according to the different recycling streams.
Here are the different types of plastic:
  1. High-Density Polyethylene (or HDPE): Various toys, detergent bottles, buckets, pipes, bins.
  2. Low-Density Polyethylene (or LDPE): Clingwrap, bubble wrap, garbage bags, grocery bags.
  3. Polypropylene (aka PP): Straws, prescription medication, bottle caps, containers for food, crates.
  4. Polystyrene (or Styrofoam): Shipping packaging, cups, egg cartons, building insulation.
  5. Polyethylene Terephthalate (or PET): Bottles for drinks, plastic jars, polyester clothing, rope.
  6. Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC/Vinyl): Oxygen masks, credit cards, plumbing pipes, medical tubes.
  7. Other: Including all other types not covered here, like eyeglasses, lighting fixtures, electronics and sports bottles.

 

Mpact Plastic Containers: Pioneering Sustainability Through Plastic Recycling

                                                               

At Mpact Plastic Containers, polypropylene (PP) and high density polyethylene (HDPE) are recycled. We are committed to protecting and leaving behind a sustainable environment for future generations.
This is why we have diverted  more than 34,000 tons of plastic from landfills over recent years.
The company firmly believes in the power of creating a circular economy, where resources are used, reused, and recycled in a closed loop. To achieve this, we offer customers an opportunity to exchange their end-of-useful life products for new ones (terms and conditions apply).
This process not only reduces waste but also paves the way for the creation of new products using recycled materials.
By implementing this approach with our customers, we are actively contributing to the reduction of plastic waste and the preservation of our environment.
Join Mpact Plastic Containers on the journey towards a more sustainable future by contacting salesforce@mpcsa.co.za or visit mpcsa.co.za. Together, we can pave the way for a circular economy that prioritizes the health of our planet.