Plastic pollution control is imperative to clean up the oceans and land

- Jul 09, 2019-

The problem of plastic pollution in the ocean has been widely concerned by the media and the public in the past two years.

But data show that about 80 percent of all plastic waste found in the ocean comes from land.

Plastic pollution has very harmful effects on both the Marine and terrestrial environments.

The earth is plagued by plastic pollution

The widespread use of plastics and the "production-use-discard" linear consumption pattern are bringing about global pollution, which is becoming more and more serious.

Statistics show that one million plastic bottles are sold every minute worldwide, 91% of which are not recycled.

About 8.3 billion tons of plastic have been produced since the invention of plastic, of which 6.3 billion tons has been turned into plastic waste, which is thrown away in the natural environment or goes into landfills with other waste.

If we continue to produce and consume plastic at the current rate without recycling it properly, by 2050 there will be 12 billion tons of plastic in landfills around the world.

This not only brings great harm to the environment, but also a huge waste of oil resources that could be recycled.

Plastic waste endangers ecosystems and human health

It takes about 1,000 years for plastic to break down, and when it does, it releases toxins into the soil and water.

Researchers from the institute for freshwater ecology and inland fisheries (IGB) at leibniz college warn that when these toxins enter soil and freshwater waters, they have long-term effects on ecosystems.

The study estimates that plastics can be broken down into microplastic particles smaller than 5 millimeters.

These microplastic particles carry disease-causing microorganisms on their surfaces that affect soil health and ecological regulation, and ultimately have harmful effects on our ecosystems.

In addition, nanomaterials, smaller than microplastics, can cross and even alter cell barriers in animals, affecting membranes such as the blood-brain barrier and triggering biochemical reactions, all of which alter organisms and our ecosystems.

In addition to destroying the ecological environment on the ground, plastic pollution has a profound impact on wildlife on land.

* recent studies have shown that plastic waste can also affect animal growth and reproductive success, due to hormonal disturbances caused by chemicals released by the breakdown of plastic.

A report by the zoological society of London suggests that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may be causing wild animals to lose their ability to reproduce.

In addition, the breakdown of plastics in landfills can release endocrine disrupting chemicals into the environment and even be passed from mother to newborn through breast milk, which accumulates in the fat glands that produce breast milk.

Whether on land or in the sea, there is little doubt that animals are directly affected by waste plastic.

This effect will eventually affect the human food chain.

When the toxic substances produced in the degradation of waste plastics enter the soil and fresh water, their effects are long-term and disastrous.

Therefore, the management of waste plastic waste has come to the point of urgency.

Protect the ecological environment with the circular economic model of sustainable development

Plastic products can be soft but just, strength toughness span is big, good durability, and easy processing, low price, easy to use, has brought about great convenience to the industrial production and people's life, a total ban on the use of plastic products have neither necessary, also not reality, * feasible way is to the existing of "production, use and discard" linear economic model, into "circular economy" mode, both to meet the demand for plastic production, daily life and can guarantee the sustainable development of human beings and the environment.

The international community is calling for the establishment of a circular economy to improve the recycling and recycling of various materials and improve recycling efficiency. The recycling economy model of plastic products is also an important aspect.

Not long ago, the European parliament passed a bill to ban single-use plastics, including single-use tableware, single-use plastic plates and plastic cotton swabs, in the eu by 2021.

By 2025, plastic packaging must contain at least 25 percent recycled ingredients;

All plastic packaging in eu countries should be recycled by 2030.

Sensing based recycling and sorting technology enables high quality and scale plastic regeneration

Taurang is a global leader in renewable technologies.

Tauron's bottle recycling machine collects 40 billion bottles worldwide, equivalent to 1.1 billion litres of oil extraction and 3 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

Taurang's sensing separation technology can efficiently and high-quality separate recyclable materials such as plastic, paper, wood and metal from mixed waste, which is the key technology to realize "level regeneration".

Through the technological combination of taurang, plastic beverage bottles can achieve infinite recycling and use;

Hundreds of millions of bottles in Norway have been recycled up to 50 times.

We are facing an unprecedented crisis of plastic waste, so we need to move quickly to a more sustainable way of life and production, and to recycle and recycle more efficiently.

Through the introduction of perfect recycling mode (such as deposit system) and efficient recycling technology (mixed waste separation technology, etc.), not only can improve the recovery rate, but also can significantly improve the purity of recycled materials;

Thus effectively reduce the number of landfill sites, and reduce the pollution of waste to the environment.

By recycling, the more materials enter the loop, the less waste ends up on land and sea.