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Plastic is the general common term for wide range of synthetic or semi synthetic organic amorphous solid materials derived from oil and natural gas. The word 'Plastic' is derived from the Greek word 'Plastikos' meaning fit for moulding & 'Plastos' meaning moulded.

Environmental Issues

  • Lack of proper collection and management.
  • Animals eating carry bags sometimes die.
  • Plastics become a nuisance because of their non-biodegradability.
  • Requires large area for disposal and there are further waste disposal impactsrelated to land fills and incineration.
  • Polythene bags if burnt release highly toxic gases like phosgene, carbon monoxide, chlorine, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide beside deadly dioxins.
  • Plastics go into the water bodies which are already polluted due to many sources. Fish and other aquatic animals swallow plastic garbage mistaken as food items.

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