Where do plastics go?
Western Europe, around 8% of our household waste is plastic.
where do all these plastic objects go when they are thrown away?
of this plastic waste is ‘natural’ – it is made from renewable resources
like cereals and trees. As a result, it will break down rather than remain as
plastics are photodegradable – they break down in sunlight. Others are partly
biodegradable – they go mushy when buried and become part of the soil. Some
can even be made fully biodegradable, resulting only in water and carbon
most synthetic plastics do not break down and it is important that we look
carefully at the way we dispose of plastic waste.
European Union recommends the following ‘hierarchy of responsibilities’ when
it comes to dealing with waste plastics.
Landfill is the last resort for plastics at the end of their life