A company in San Francisco announces its plans to build the biggest plastic waste processing plant in the nation. This big Georgia plant can provide a solution to plastic pollution, one of the most pressing Environmental issues in the country.
The company, Brightmark, had first planned to transform plastic waste into chemicals and diesel fuel. However, it reveals that creating new plastic from old ones will be a long-term goal. Brightmark hopes to find a lasting solution to environmental challenges in the nation.
If this plan is successful. The big Georgia plant will make the nation have a high growth potential. This will encourage both local and state officials.
However, some people are skeptical about the company remaining green as promised. According to critics, Brightmark will provide a recycling illusion while offering cover for plastic makers. They maintain that several efforts to recycle old plastic into a new one on an industrial scale have been fraught with challenges. Plastic makers will have to keep pumping out many of their single-user products rather than looking for alternatives.
“We are building an industry that requires us to continue feeding it.” said Jennette Gayer with the group Environment Georgia.
Plastic has been both beneficial and distratious to modern life. This malleable material can be used as a medical device that stays in the body for years. Plastic have high chemical resistance and as such, can withstand chemicals for years. However, its properties also make it almost indestructible without any intervention.
To produce a half-liter drink bottle, about 10 grams of polyethylene terephthalate will be used. That small amount of polyethylene terephthalate will take about 450 years to naturally break down depending on it’s exposure to ultraviolet rays and other factors.
The only solution to this is could be recycling. However, it is a bit complicated due to some reasons. Plastics differ on molecular levels. Therefore, these materials can’t be mixed during recycling. Out of seven categories of plastics, only two categories are easy to recycle.