CLIMATE CHANGE: THE CONTRIBUTING AND MITIGATING IMPACT OF PLASTIC MATERIALS

Oludaisi Adekomaya

Abstract

Plastic materials have increased in recent times in view of their application in structures and other developmental projects. While the environmental impacts of plastic materials have defiled all known solutions, it is equally pertinent to reiterate their environmental pollution as it affects climate change. Recyclability of plastic waste materials have been investigated with many shortcomings reported in published works. Part of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) findings showed that one of the critical risk factor of climate change may not be unconnected with the proliferation of non-biodegradable materials. This will definitely put used-plastics as a disastrous material, posing dangerous threat to climate. In this work, plastics waste materials were x-rayed as a potential risk factors to climate change using existing data to justify their environmental unfriendliness. Further discussions were reported on each disposal option of plastic wastes including their waste volume as captured by IPCC. It is also noted in this review paper what needed to be done to mitigate emissions taking into consideration key treatment methods and net emission emanating from respective disposal options. It is expected that this paper will assist environmentalists to devise appropriate management strategy for plastic waste in order to curb the imminent climate disaster. Read full PDF

Keywords: plastic waste, climate change, emission, environment, global warming

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