• The known mantra of conservation has long been the widespread and popular - “Reuse, reduce, recycle.” But unfortunately, when speaking about waste removal, there are particular types of waste products that are harder to recycle as compared to the other types. This short yet comprehensive Map Waste’s rubbish removal team shares their views regarding different wastes as well as all issues linked to each type of waste.

    Plastics

    When plastics were initially developed in 2oth century, these appear like the perfect materials for plastics are versatile, flexible, sturdy and light. But unfortunately, there are some chemicals used when making plastics that are proven to be dangerous. These materials also take about centuries to completely break down. In such case, plastics ended up in landfills. Those that were dumped on landfill in 1950 were believed to be there still. On worst case scenario, plastics are harder to recycle. It has been found out that recycling plastic degrades the quality of the material which also limits its usefulness.

    Plastic is presently divided into seven classifications. Every category is represented by one particular number from 1 to 7. This can be seen when a purchaser looks at the base of a plastic holder. Plastics under categories #3, #6, and #7 are said to be toxic. They are also troublesome and hard to recycle. Plastics on type 1 are easier to recycle. However, this attracts dangerous bacteria.  This only means that it should not be used again. Plastics under categories #2, #4, and #5 are proven safe to use. However, #4 is hard to recycle. Plastics on remaining two categories or two classifications can be recycled and reuse.

    Electronic Waste (E-Waste)

    “Electronic waste" is a term portrays old electrical appliances like PCs, mobile phones, and TV sets. One major issue with e- waste is its sheer volume. In 2009, Americans alone disposed of about 2.37 million tons of e-waste.

    Another issue with electronic waste is that it frequently contains harmful substances like cadmium, mercury, lead and nickel which can be unsafe to people and awful for the environment. Shockingly, most electronic waste is not recycled rather; it winds up in either incinerators or landfills and also being burned releasing bad toxins in the air.

    Recycling electronic waste or e-waste more preferable, yet it has its issues also. Recycling electronic appliances such as TV set normally includes dismantling it and identifying which parts can still be used and which are most certainly not.

    It takes expertise and proper training to carry out the job legitimately and securely and must, therefore, be done just by someone with the best possible certification. Sadly, around 80 percent of the world's e-waste is delivered to Asia or Africa where the laborers destroy the gadgets and gather the usable parts. They don't even use any protective gear and are being exposed to deadly toxins. Another saddening fact is that majority of these workers are children.

    It’s therefore highly imperative to find a certified and expert e-waste recycler to ensure that the job is carried out appropriately and safely. Electronic products that still work but are already obsolete must be donated to charities or some other organization that can utilize them.