Advantages And Disadvantages Of Plastic

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Since the beginning of the 20th century plastic has become the most common material. Plastics play an important role in almost every aspect of human life. It is found in virtually everything these days; plastic is used to manufacture different products like furniture, beverage containers, toys, and food packages. What makes a lot of manufactured materials these days depends on plastic, because of its durability, lightweight, flexibility and it low cost. Also it can be easily molded into a variety of shapes and sizes. Even though there is some advantage to plastic it disadvantages are even more and the world now is facing a big problem, which is the plastic waste.

The world countries have been developing quick industrialization, high population
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The waste generation per person is estimated to be 1.5 to 1.8 kg per day. In the largest cities Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam the solid waste generation reaches 6 million tons every year, which gives a sign of the extent of the issue. More than 75 percent of the population is concentrated in urban areas, which make it necessary for the government to start measures to improve recycling and waste management situation in the country. In Saudi Arabia sold waste is gathered from individual or community bins and then only 15% of it is being recycled. Most of it ends up in landfills, dumpsites, and beaches. A plastic thrown in landfills takes up to 1,000 years to …show more content…
Its can contaminate food with dangerous chemical compounds. It is one of the toxic non-biodegradable pollutants, which pollutes land air and water. Plastic causes serious damage to the environment both during its manufacture and disposal. The manufacture of plastics in industries releases huge quantity of carbon monoxide, dioxin, hydrogen cyanide and VOCs , these gases pollute air. Plastics reduce soil fertility by forming the part of manure for years and spoils environmental aesthetics and hygiene. In landfills it emits hazardous VOCs during incineration and it less growth platens and trees by blocking the absorption of minerals, water and other nutrients.

Plastics wastes dumped in watercourses poisons freshwater life and can easily enter the human food chain, which will harm human health. Over million sea birds and mammals dies every year from ingestion of plastics. It’s mistaken for food and is eaten up by birds, turtles, seals, and whales. This may poison them or impede digestion and causing starvation. And some marine mammals swallow plastic bags, which resemble jellyfish in

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