Polyethylene Terephthalate

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Polyethylene terephthalate, most commonly known as plastic, is a material consisting of a wide range of synthetic and/or semi-synthetic organics that are malleable/ductile and can be molded into many solid objects. Plastics are typically made of organic polymers (chains of carbon or chains of carbon that have been bonded to other elements such as oxygen, nitrogen or sulfur) having high molecular masses, but often contain other substances. Usually being synthetic, and most commonly made from petrochemicals. Due to plastic having a relatively low cost, easily manufacturable, highly versatile, and it being impermeable to water, plastics are used in virtually everything with an expanding range of products, from cups to writing utensils. Plastics …show more content…
There are also many different types of plastics that are used such as foam, celluloid, and vinyl chloride. Some plastics are strictly reserved for military use but the most common plastic used in commercial use today is polyethylene terephthalate, most commonly known as PET. Beverage container industries first introduced PET into the consumer market as a packaging product for their goods in 1977. Ever since then the use of PET has sky rocketed beyond control, to lower the costs of producing PET, is now produced with less plastic to make it lighter, making it less expensive to produce and is used as a one time use product which means it is disposed of soon after its …show more content…
The government prefers Landfills because it is a cheap and effective way to "get rid" of our wastes, like plastic. But in fact we are not disposing the waste at all we are just hiding it. Recycling was not very popular and enforced like some countries (Germany) do because of its low disposal costs. But the recycling process for plastics is very long because they need to be cut up into tiny pieces and washed multiple times in order to be recycled and be used again. The reason why plastic needs to at least recycled rather than thrown away or burned is because Non biodegradable Plastic cannot decompose in the environment so therefore it should be recycled. Recycling being one of the best ways to get rid of waste while making it reusable. One of the newer solutions that have been found are biodegradable plastics. These plastics can decompose back into the environment in a mere 30 days. Therefore the government should impose a federal tax on the use of non biodegradable plastics to provide an incentive for companies to use biodegradable plastics instead of the traditional plastics such as

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