Trash to Cash
Trash to Cash
While plastic has many valuable uses, we have become addicted to single-use or disposable plastic — with severe environmental consequences.
Around the world, one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, while up to 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used worldwide every year. In total, half of all plastic produced is designed to be used only once — and then thrown away.
Plastic waste is now so ubiquitous in the natural environment that scientists have even suggested it could serve as a geological indicator of the Anthropocene era.
Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA is an endocrine disruptor which has been proven to be hazardous to human health. It has been strongly linked to a host of health problems including certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties, early puberty in girls, reduced fertility in women, premature labour, and defects in newborn babies – to name a few examples. BPA enters the human body through exposure to plastics such as bottled drinks and cleaning products. It has been found in significant amounts in at-risk groups such as pregnant women’s placentas and growing foetuses. A study conducted last year found that 96% of women in the U.S have BPA in their bodies.
Plastic bottles are made from a petroleum product known as polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and they require huge amounts of fossil fuels to both make and transport them. In the 1970s the U.S. was the world’s largest exporter of oil, but now it is the largest importer. If you fill a plastic bottle with liquid so that it is 25% full, that’s roughly how much oil it took to make the bottle. For a single-use disposable item, that’s a lot.
Our world is a beautiful place to live in but everytime we go out, trashes such as plastic bottles become an eyesore to its picturesque views. It can't be helped to see plastic bottles that were scattered everywhere. And it greatly sadden us, as an Earth warrior.
This problem which we are currently facing can be slowed down its impact by recycling. Recycling plastic water bottles helps to conserve natural resources, specifically oil, which is a nonrenewable natural resource available only in limited supply. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that recycling one ton of plastic conserves approximately 3.8 barrels of crude oil. In 2008, 2.12 millions of plastic were recovered for recycling, the equivalent of roughly 7.6 million barrels of oil. Single use plastics such as plastic bottles can be used again as another products such as t-shirts, textiles, jackets, shoes, and many others. But the problem is few people do recycling and what's worse is they would just dump their wastes everywhere.
With this problem being said, we are asking for your support to our petition/proposal addressed to Local Government Units to create a machine similar to vending machines that would convert deposited plastic bottles into cash as a reward. The reward may vary according to the size and amount of the plastic bottles that's deposited into the machine.
I know you can help us! As one, let us beat plastics!