Plastics in food packaging

Plastics in food packaging

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Caption: Typical plastic container used in food packaging to protect and preserve perishable foods such as, in this case, mushrooms. The types of plastics used in this packet are not identified, but the film sealant was labelled as 'Not currently recyclable ' and the tray as 'Check local recycling'. Commonly used plastic polymers for this form of packaging are LDPE (low density polyethylene) for the tray and LLDPE (linear low density polyethylene) for the film. Though plastics are considered safe, hygienic, lightweight and durable, they are largely non-biodegradable, unlike the paper bag, and where plastic waste ends up in the marine environment, particularly microplastics, they are harming aquatic animals. Some consider there is no alternative to landfill for wastes which are non-recyclable and non-combustible.

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