Management of waste
Plastic is the general common term for a wide range of synthetic or semi synthetic organic solid materials suitable for the manufacture of industrial products. Millions of plastic products are manufactured each year throughout the world. As the technology for their production increases, even more products will enter the “plastic age”.
The major chemicals that go into the making of plastic are highly toxic and pose serious threat to living beings of all species on earth. So, there are many aspects that affect the plastic: the environmental and include human, plants and animals and in economic terms. All of this cost a lot of money because finding alternatives require a lot of researches and studies which is expensive either. We have many solutions for this problem such as recycling and we introduce the step of recycling and the effect of recycling.
Our homes, offices, schools, hospitals, factories -indeed, our entire surroundings - are dominated by products made from this material. We live in the age of plastics; bright, attractive, colorful, long-lasting, relatively inexpensive substances whose invention has revolutionized the manufacturing industry. Plastic certainly have advantages. Unfortunately, they also bring problems to our world, not the least among these being the generation of vast quantities of waste material.
The distribution of plastic debris is highly variable as a result of certain factors such as wind and ocean currents, coastline geography, urban areas, and trade routes.
Plastics can also be used as vectors for chemical contaminants such as persistent organic pollutants and heavy metals.
In Bhutan plastic waste is on the rise and all efforts are put in place to reduce the waste by adopting 4 Rs. We are happy to see our schools around the Kingdom using all the initiatives to keep the surroundings clean.
The adoption of the streams by the schools, clean up campaigns by the different agencies and strict implementations of the waste management act will go a long way in dealing with waste including plastic. Some of the schools in the capital have been collecting waste to generate some income for the school and more innovation on the waste management will be on its offing’s. To make the things easier the recent opening of the waste recovery centre in Thimphu will help in managing dry waste more properly as the centre will recover the recyclables before being transferred to the waste disposal site.
As we celebrated the World Environment Day with the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” and focus on actions against single use plastics the responsibility is huge.
The fight against the plastic waste cannot be done alone by the government and it calls for collective efforts of all sections of our society.