What Are The Diseases Caused By Recycling Of Plastic Bags?


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There are no diseases that I know of that are caused by recycling plastic bags, because this is seen as a good thing to do for the environment. However, dumping plastic bags in landfill i.e. Not recycling can have quite a larger number of disastrous consequences for the environment, animals and humans. Chemically degradable plastics can be recycled by spraying with a solution that dissolves them so that they can be used again.
Due to today’s ‘throw away culture’, plastic bags end up littering the land and not only make it look unsightly and ugly, they also pose numerous hazards. These bags find their way into city drainage systems which can cause water systems to get blocked, which causes a great deal of inconvenience and money to repair. It also presents a health hazard by spreading water borne diseases. A high number of plastic bags littering the ground also stops rain water from sinking into the soil, which disrupts the natural water balance of the Earth.
These plastic bags can also cause great damage to wild animals, who have often been discovered eating the bags which can cause them to choke or be poisoned. Large bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs and oceans can also became overrun with plastic litter. Fish and other water dwelling species can mistake plastic bags for food which causes them to choke and die.
There are also numerous health risks that arise when plastic bags and other forms of plastic rubbish are burned instead of putting them straight into landfill. When they are burnt, they release great amounts of thick gas filled with toxic gases into the air. If humans inhale these gases they are at risk of develop a number of lung diseases and even cancer. The reasons behind this method of burning is to limit the number of trips that lorries have to take to and from landfill.

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