The recycling process is important and has a part to play in sustainability. However, currently it is still only a partial solution because the recycling operation is not environmentally friendly and there is a net environment cost. Plastic is where recycling gets most controversial and r ecycling plastics mitigates carbon impacts only to a limited extent.
Disposal methods – Which is the current least harmful to the environment?
We are inundated with the ubiquitous disposables especially foodware and packaging and because of their everlasting negative impact on our environment, suppliers, users and takeaways get questioned all the time about their sustainability. It’s a great question and there are no simple answers.
The various disposal methods include incineration, recycling and the landfill; and they all have their pros and cons. So which is the least harmful method to the environment given the current situation? The answer to this complex question lies not only in the type of disposal method but the type of waste.
Waste disposal - the current most environment-friendly method
Of all the waste disposal methods, recycling is regarded as the most effective current method. Recycling serves to transform waste into products of their own genre through industrial processing. It is environmentally friendly to reuse the wastes instead of adding them to nature.
However, recycling technologies are complex and costly. The recycling operations themselves are not environmentally friendly.
What about composting and biodegrading?
I am a RECYCLE BIN.
I am not GARBAGE, but might as well be!
No doubt, recycling helps the environment, if done correctly and the momentum is maintained. The reality is that the survival of the recycling movement depends on continual subsidies, sermons and policing.
So the question that begs for an answer is:
Recycling or biodegrading or composting, which is the best current option?