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A Review of Plastic Waste Management Strategies

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Civil Engineering, M.M.M. Engineering College, Gorakhpur-273010, UP, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Environment Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 84-88, December,22 (2013)


Plastics have been used widely in both water and food packaging due to their natural properties such as inertness and low bulk densities, which make them suitable mover materials and little risk to contaminants. Plastic bottles and sachets have become prevalent all over the country, particularly, urban areas. The packaging revolt has not been backed by proper plastic waste management policy, which has left a lot of cities in India littered with plastic wastes, hence, creating horrible visual troubles and other community health problems. Growing environmental awareness and reduction in available landfill capacity have prompted plastic recycling programmes in most developed countries. Currently, however only between 5 to 25% of plastic waste is being recycled. The paper discusses prospects of plastic waste management schemes. It is concluded that the existing rate of environmental worsening is likely to continue unless long term remedial measures are adopted for plastic wastes management in the country.


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