Abhilash, and Inamdar, I (2022) Recycling of plastic wastes generated from COVID-19: A comprehensive illustration of type and properties of plastics with remedial options. Science of Total Environment, 838(1) .
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Plastic has contributed enormously to the healthcare sector and towards public health safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the frequent usage of plastic-based personal protective equipment (PPEs) (including face masks, gloves, protective body suits, aprons, gowns, face shields, surgical masks, and goggles), by frontline health workers, there has been a tremendous increase in their manufacture and distribution. Different types of plastic polymers are used in the manufacture of this equipment, depending upon their usage. However, since a majority of these plastics are still single-use plastics (SUP), they are not at all eco-friendly and end up generating large quantities of plastic waste. The overview presents the various available and practiced methods in vogue for disposal cum treatment of these highly contaminated plastic wastes. Among the current methods of plastic waste disposal, incineration and land filling are the most common ones, but both these methods have their negative impacts on the environment. Alongside, numerous methods that can be used to sterilize them before any treatment have been discussed. There are several new sorting technologies, to help produce purer polymers that can be made to undergo thermal or chemical treatments. Microbial degradation is one such novel method that is under the spotlight currently and being studied extensively, because of its ecological advantages, cost-effectiveness, ease of use, and maintenance. In addition to the deliberations on the methods, strategies have been enumerated for combination of different methods, vis-a-vis studying the life cycle assessment towards a more circular economy in handling this menace to protect mankind.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Plastics; Types; Current methods; Microbial route; Life cycle assessment; Density Polyethylene; Management; Degradation; Biodegradation; Incineration; Mechanisms; Additives; Efficacy; Quality; Energy|
|Divisions:||Material Science and Technology|
|Deposited By:||Dr Mita Tarafder|
|Deposited On:||13 Jul 2022 16:33|
|Last Modified:||13 Jul 2022 16:33|
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