Earth is about to implode from the pollution of plastic bottles! Well, not really, but concern needs are warranted; the truth of the recycling plastic bottles processes and some of their by-products.
How many times has the average person been assaulted with passion-invoking photographs of our planet’s oceans being littered by miles of plastic bags and bottles? Many times, this writer would say. Then, to make it more poignant yet, the public next sees mountains of plastic bottles in public landfills ready to pollute our environment. Just what is the truth of the recycling of plastic bottles?
“Where are all these bottles going to? may be the public’s commonly asked question. This article will deal with the question of just what is the process of recycling plastic bottles and how does it figure into possible environmental hysteria now vogue in politics and the media.
A 2009 Beverage Marketing Corporation survey states that 2.5 billions pounds of plastic bottles were recycled in 2008. ”
In 2007, 326 million pounds of wide-mouth plastic containers were salvaged for recycling: These included deli containers, yogurt cups and coffee containers.
The U.S. plastics recycling business has tripled in recent years.
A 2008 national cleanup volunteer campaign resulted in recycling plastic bottles totalling than 189,000,000 plastic bottles which were found littering the nation’s roadways and parks.
Since 1990, the business of recycling plastic bottles has tripled with the the actual recycling rate holding at around 27 percent. Not good enough? True, but evidently, things are not as terminally bad as they have been portrayed concerning plastic bottle pollution of planet earth.
The Recycling Process -- Condensed
Okay, so how is the recycling of plastic bottles actually done? After bottles have been collected, they are taken to a special facility where they are gathered in bales of 800 - 2,000 lbs. for further shipping. The bales are then transported to another place and processed by a bale breaking apparatus. There they are shredded and ripped apart into tiny pieces converting them into flakes. At this point, the flakes are washed and dried; eventually being melted.
However, it is what is done with the melted plastic, that is most interesting and produces the end result which generates a profit margin. The melted plastic, now converted into pellets, is further utilized in the form of plastic by-products. Such by-products as: super thin, thread-like material used in the making of carpet pieces, clothes ware and especially for the lining in jackets and quilts. This is for starters only. Technology advances guarantee many more useful products coming forth out of the recycling of plastic bottles business.
In a nutshell, despite media claims, fabricated or exaggerated, there definitely is a concentrated effort underway to level plastic landfill mountains. In addition, there is a more public-awareness of the need to be better stewards of what God so generously and abundantly gave to our environment.
There is, of course, need for concern; however, to say that the situation is terminal is media and environmental hype at its height. The business of the recycling of plastic bottles is alive and well on planet earth.
Sources: Earth911. http://earth911.com/news/2009/06/08/360-recycling-plastic-bottles/
Written by Beverly Anne Sanchez, July 12, 2011