Plastic

Plastic

  Plastic is one of the greatest inventions of our time.  It’s found in virtually everything around us.  This very broad application includes everything from trash and grocery bags, cups and utensils, various bottles and containers, to children’s toys, appliances, and automobiles.  Plastics have become an inseparable part of our daily life, and can be found everywhere we go.  Unfortunately, plastic is also one of the most dangerous things for our planet. It is a non-biodegradable material.    Once it is created it can’t be destroyed.  Studies show that natural degradation of plastic can take up to 1000 years.

 

  As the need for plastics has increased over the years, they have become a much larger part of the solid waste stream—growing from less than 1 percent in 1960 to more than 12 percent today.  By recycling these plastics we can reduce the amount of energy and natural resources (natural gas, petroleum and water) needed to create virgin plastic.  According to the American Plastics Council, the production of plastics accounts for 4 percent of U.S. energy consumption.  For every 1 ton of plastic recycled we save 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space and the equivalent of two peoples energy use for 1 year, the water used by 1 person in 2 months and almost 2000 lbs. of oil.


 In 2013 J.S. Fesmire Hauling Recycled 600 tons of misc. plastics, saving:


4440 cubic yards of landfill space

 
Energy use of 1200 people for 1 year


Water use of 100 people for 1 year

 
1.2 million gallons of oil

 

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