Should they rather?
by Rainertaycho on February 23, 2018 - 9:22am
The United Kingdom sends most of its wastes to recycling countries such as China. In the year, they have sent over 800,000 tonnes of waste to be recycled. In the year 2018, China has finally refused to accept any more foreign wastes leaving the UK in a conundrum of what to do with the waste they can no longer send to China. Two options remain open to them: Burning or Burying.
Most of the waste that UK has to get rid of is made of plastic. When burned, plastic creates a lot of heat which can be harnessed with incinerators and power homes through conversion of energy. Another perk of using incinerators is that the remains of the wastes can be sent to cement companies to be used. According to Jacob Hayler of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), the overall greenhouse emission of incinerators is also much less than that of landfills. The biggest downside to incineration though is that plastics do not breakdown in landfills unlike they would when thrown into a incinerator, therefore burying plastic wastes in landfills would not emit greenhouse gases (ghg).
Although burning wastes through incinerators sound like the more efficient way of getting rid of waste, burnt plastics creat harmful dioxins in which if the incinerator used to burn the waste leak it can harm the environment. Also, if measures are taken to remove coal for generating electricity, incinerators will become the largest emitter of C02. Therefore if generating C02 is a problem that must be cured, it is better to just bury the plastic wastes. Also should new incinerators be made to cope with the large amounts of wastes needed to be disposed, a policy of burning all plastic will be locked along with plastic wastes which ideally should be recycled. This shows that burying the wastes is a way of locking up carbon with just a fraction of the cost, as it is better to lock up the waste instead of releasing it into the atmosphere in the form of carbon.
Now I post the question what would you rather?