Plastic or no plastic??

People of today usually say a big ‘NO’ to plastic although, for the first time in my life, I met people who said YES, we need plastic! Interesting indeed.

On one sunny Friday morning Inventure took us to K.K. Plastics Pvt. Ltd. Where people make the biggest use out of plastic we dump in our garbage bins every day. At first when we entered, we came across a machine that was used to separate kitchen waste from the actual plastic, i.e., all the unwanted materials we trash along with our plastic bags. It segregates the plastic and stores the kitchen waste in a separate area. So what happens to this kitchen waste?

The kitchen waste is biodegradable and thus is used as manure for plants and trees at parks or gardens. This kitchen waste is also used in making chemical fertilizers. Now that all the kitchen waste has been taken care of, what happens to all the remaining plastic? This plastic is then set out into another machine that shreds the plastic into tiny pieces. As we all know, plastic is non-biodegradable, so this NGO helps to deal with House waste and Industrial waste separately.
Once the plastic has been shredded into tiny pieces, they are set together and then are used in making roads. K.K. Plastics have said to have made around 500 km’s of roads using this plastic in Bangalore. These roads have their own advantages as well. They become durable and also stay put for a long while.
One very important thing I learnt from this trip was that plastic does play an extremely important role in our lives.
‘Save Plastic, Save Our Future. Misuse It, Lose Our Future.’

Niveditha Sethumadhavan
8 IGCSE

KK PLASTIC FACTORY. You can imagine my reluctance to go when I saw the name on the consent form. I had assumed it was just another boring field trip where we’d be lectured for two hours, just to return to school, gaining nothing. I was wrong. Boy, was I wrong.

As soon as we reached, I saw shreds of plastic flying around. We were led to an alley filled with mountains of plastic bags.  Most of the girls groaned in disgust when they saw grime and banana peel caking these bags.  A pile of bags was thrown into an opening of a bright blue machine. The bags were taken out after a loud, crackly noise filled the air. We all gasped when we saw them – they were squeaky clean!

The guide gave us a wide smile and just said, “You say NO PLASTIC? I say YES PLASTIC.” And with those mysterious words, he led us into a dark smelly room piled high with crisp packets and popcorn covers.

He emptied a sack of them into another strange, unknown contraption and in two seconds, the plastic had been torn into shreds. The guide grinned at our open mouths.

“We gather about three to four tons of plastic everyday, which we use in the constructions of roads.  The roads last much longer when we use plastic. To stop using plastic means stop using PETROL, since plastic is a byproduct of petrol! You should not ban plastic, but instead keep recycling it. We’ve already spoilt life for this generation, but we can make it a lot healthier for our children and grandchildren, can’t we?”

He didn’t say anything more after that, but even though he had only spoken a few sentences, we had all learnt a lot. Who would have guessed that we should USE plastic instead of trying to avoid it? It was a very enlightening experience. I haven’t regretted it for a moment.

Deeksha Virender,

8 ICSE