Suggest solutions to the big pollution problem caused by plastics
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Source Reduction: Don't make so much to start with and that will reduce the quantity immediately. Reduce unnecessary packaging. Buy a new TV lately? Every part is covered with plastic including the power cord which is wrapped in plastic and closed with plastic tape or a plastic tie. Even the prongs on the plug are plugged into an unnecessary hard plastic piece. Screens and cabinet edges and cords all covered with plastic film. WHY? The instructions are in a plastic bag which is also itself in a plastic bag. The little connectors, wires and screws are also in their own individual plastic bags.
Too much plastic in the packaging, don't buy it to start with. If you can't live without it - make the merchant dispose of the packing and packaging. Leave it in their store. They will get the message.
Why do we need one time use foam cups - plates - utinsels? Paper is cheaper in the long run and just as servicable. In a land fill, paper will degrade. Plastic will remain for years.
Recycle Recycle Recycle: Make recycleing easier. Municiple collection - merchants can collect at their places of business. Use products made from recycled plastic. Make it easier for home owners to dispose of. There has to be financial motivatiuon to recycle.
You are making reference to motherboards. There must be some use for the innards of discarded computers, radios, GPS and a million other electronic devices. Trash is worth BIG money if we can just figure out how to extract the money.
END USE - turn the remainder into energy. Don't dump it in the ocean or on the land. It will not go away for many many years. Reference the plastic island floating in the Pacific ocean. Burn it. Convert the stored energy in the plastic into energy we can use.
Much raw oil is used in the production of this plastic. What a waste. Takes weeks for the raw material delivery, lots of energy to turn it into plastic, weeks to deliver the product to market, we actually use a lot of plastic for just a few minutes (removing it from the TV, eating our supper out of it, unwrapping our candy bar from it, unpacking our plastic chairs from it, etc then we have to dispose of all that plastic in a plastic trash bag! to get rid of it, it it will ever go away!
There you go ... all under 20 minutes.
Jun 27, 2011 |
Computers & Internet