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Curbing the Indiscriminate Disposal of Plastic Waste and its Effect in our Societies.


The world is presently facing an enormous problem of plastic waste. Plastics are non-biodegradable, which means that they will remain in the environment for thousands of years if not well disposed off. This waste has a gigantic effect on the environment, predominantly on the water bodies and on land as well, which affect the livelihood of both organisms living in the water bodies and on land. The pollution generated by disposable plastic products are becoming more serious and “plastic limit” has become worldwide consent. However, recent advances in technology have given rise to a new idea, that is, the concept of changing plastics to blocks for building construction and other constructional works like pavement construction, full plastic desk for school children, etc.


 Converting/ Changing plastics into blocks involves a process called "RECYCLING OF PLASTICS." This process involves chopping and melting plastics to create a component that can be moulded into blocks. These blocks are therefore made up of variety of plastics, including polyethylene, polypropylene, and polystyrene. These blocks can be used for construction in place of the traditional building materials such as, wood, clay and concrete.


 One of the most significant uses of plastic blocks for construction is the reduction of plastic waste. Reprocessing plastic into building materials lessens the amount of plastic that ends up in our water bodies or on the land. Furthermore, these blocks are extremely durable and can survive in harsh weather conditions, making them an ideal building material for areas that experience extreme weather patterns. Plastic blocks are also less in weight, making them easy to transport and handle during construction. Also, they can insulate buildings (thus by reducing the transmission flow of thermal energy), reducing energy costs and providing a more comfortable living environment.


One of the significant challenges associated with using plastic blocks is the high cost of production, thus most of the plastics require more amount of heat in the melting process and this will require high voltage. The process of converting plastics to blocks is quite expensive than traditional building materials. Additionally, the availability of plastic waste suitable for recycling can be limited, which can influence the supply of plastic blocks. Furthermore, the fire hazard of plastic bricks is a concern since plastic is highly flammable.

Case Study: Several projects worldwide have successfully used plastic blocks for construction. In Colombia, a company called Conceptos Plásticos is using plastic blocks to build low-cost houses for people in need. In India, a startup called Rhino Machines is using recycled plastic to create durable and lightweight building blocks. These projects have shown the potential of plastic bricks as a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials.


The use of plastic blocks for construction has the potential to address three major environmental problems: plastic waste, effect of soil organism in plant support and sustainable building materials. While there are challenges associated with the use of plastic blocks, the benefits they offer make them a feasible alternative to traditional building materials. As more technology and research are invested in plastic recycling, the production of plastic blocks will become more cost-effective and widely available, making them a more accessible option for construction projects worldwide. It's time to consider using this innovative material to contribute to a more sustainable future and also good crop yield. Furthermore, substance like asbestos powder or any fireproof/heatproof related substance like Titanium powder etc. can be used as additives substance during the moulding process to curb any fire/heat threats. Getting an ultramodern Recycling plant stationed in Asuogyaman in the Eastern Region of Ghana and to be precise, Akwamu to produce these plastic blocks, would not only create jobs in this catchment areas but also help in the growth of Ghana’s GDP.

Written by: General Marcus.

 Former student of KNUST.


Content created and supplied by: GENERALMARCUS (via Opera News )



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