By: Zachary Cope
Its no secret that we are accumulating waste at an astronomical rate. We live in a world of production. Everyday a new gadget or product is “innovated” only adding to the increasing waste. What are we doing with the waste? Well some waste is recycled and put back into more products and buildings and structures. Some waste is hidden deep in the ground, with the hope we can forget it exist.
However people have started to learn that reusing items is better for the planet and the less resources we have to burry in the ground or burn into the atmosphere the better off we will be.
In recent years this “green movement” has started to take hold, and people are starting to see the implications our wasteful habits are having on our planet.
It is important to keep finding new ways to recycle our products and put them back into the new products we are creating each day. The longer we can stretch a resource the less of an effect it will have on us.
In recent years we have been putting more focus on finding ways to recycle things once thought to be pure rubbish.
For example Circuit boars for a long time were seen as garbage and sent straight to dumps after the aluminum and copper have been stripe form them. However in recent years scientist in China, have found ways to recycle the the circuit boards in ways no one has thought before.
The PCB’s are crushed and sorted, all the non metallic pieces are mixed in with a resin and polystyrene mixture. After this process, this mixture is heated and the results are a material that can be used to make fences, park benches, almost limitless potential.
Another example of an un-recyclable product was styrofoam. For a long time styrofoam was seen as a poison to the environment with no recyclable upside. In 2006 scientist found a bacterium that can eat this foam and in turn, be left with a usable plastic. This plastic also has biodegradable properties.
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