Polymer Degradation and Waste Management

Polymers are synthesized in large volumes and it is no surprise that the waste left behind is a threat to the environment. The problems caused by these non-degradable materials is causing an alarming number of issues such are death of ocean creatures, pollution of water resources, air pollution and many more. Polymers, unlike other materials cannot be assimilated by micro-organisms. Polymers make only 10% of the total municipal waste and that amount is sufficient for causing overflowing landfills, littering, marine water pollution all of which is attributed to its non-degradability. Several government in Europe and USA have begun regulating the production and usage of plastics in the economy for applications such as packaging, water treatment, paper and textile sizing. As a consequence of this, waste management has become a important aspect in the economy. Plastic waste management currently is utilizing a combination of methods such as inceneration, recycling, and biodegradation. Bio-degradation is the most desirable method but is still in the phase of research and is being applied on a lower scale. However, incineration and recycling have become operational.

  • Plastic pollution and promising solutions
  • Microplastics management in oceans and other water bodies
  • Ill effects of plastics pollution to the natural environment
  • Managing and optimising household and industrial plastic waste
  • Polymer membranes for waste water treatment

 

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