Environmental concerns of polymers


Dipsosing of waste polymers 

  • Lack of reactivity that makes polymers suitable for storing food and chemical safely also presents chemists with a challenge in their disposal.
  • Many alkene based polymers are non-biodegradable. 
  • Growing amount of polymer waste has serious environmental effects such as killing marine life. 


  • Reduces environmental impact by conserving finite fossil fuels as well as decreasing the amount of waste going to landfill. 
  • Polymers have to be sorted by type.
  • The recycling process is undermined if polymers are mixed as this renders the product unusable. 

PVC recycling 

  • The disposal and recyling of PVC is hazardous due to the high chlorine…


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