Bans on PlasticPlastics take hundreds or thousands of years to photo-degrade. This is bad for the local ecosystems and wildlife. Many cities around the globe have started to address the plastic waste generated within their boundaries. Many of them have resorted to ban food packaging made from polystyrene foam. Polystyrene bags are light and can be carried around by wind. There is also a possibility that the styrene compounds can seep into the ground. The bans on plastic bags are expected to spread to less developed countries in the next ten years.
The is currently a drastic shift in demand for biodegradable plastic materials all over the world. With the increasing pressure from governments and environmental organizations, many companies have no any other choice but to embrace these materials for packaging. Pundits expect the demand to increase by 19 percent before the end of 2017. Plant-based resins continue to be the most-preferred option to replace non-biodegradable materials.
Only a small fraction of 26 million tons of waste are composed. A large portion of them is disposed off in landfills. This means that there are millions of tons of food waste sitting in landfills for several years. Most people do not see the importance of converting these wastes into useful composts for personal and municipal gain. As a result, most municipalities have come up with stringent measures to compel people to embrace composting.
Energy production from organic waste
There are several cities all over the world where budding eco-technology is being piloted. Anaerobic digestion technology has taken over in waste management. Scientists can now take materials form waste disposal bins and turn them into sustainable energy. This development in anaerobic digestion is an indication of more things to come. We expect scientists to come up with materials that can digest up to 100 tons of organic materials in a day.
About 40 percent of wastes in roads and pathways are made up of cigarettes. Most bin rental companies have confirmed that they usually find a handful of cigarette butts during collection. However, there are some scientists who are working hard day in day out to deal with this issue. There is a recycling organization in the United States who allows people or companies to send their cigarette directly to them. There is some positive feedback from surveyors as people begin to realize there is a solution to this waste problem.
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