Disposal of plastics: from waste to be managed to a valuable resource
The introduction of plastics has had a huge impact on human life: their invention has completely revolutionised the way we live, enabling us to improve and develop advanced and now indispensable technologies. Think, for example, of the numerous applications of plastics in medical and scientific devices, the production of films for food and product preservation, industrial packaging, and numerous uses in automotive, textile and construction industries.
It is a relatively new material that is characterised by its versatility, mouldability, lightness and strength. However, it is often considered an unsustainable and impactful material especially with regard to the disposal of plastics as waste to be managed.
In fact, it is good to dispel a false myth that plastic is the worst of evelis: there is no material whose production has no impact on the environment. Just like glass, cardboard and aluminium, their entire life cycle, involving extraction, production, transport and finally, disposal still has an impact on the environment.
With regard to the disposal of plastics (and other materials), it is therefore necessary to rethink the entire production and consumption model, reversing the direcrion from a linear and closed direction to a circular one of reuse. In other words, solutions must be adopted that allow materials to be given a new life, managing waste correctly and obtaining the raw material necessary for the development of new packaging.
To promote the correct disposal of plastics and thus the creation of a new life cycle from waste, in our own small way we must adopt behaviours for the correct recyclcing of plastics. At the same time, companies, organisartions and institutions should adopt low environmental impact production and encourage new circular production strategies.