Plastic - Chemical Waste

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In 1860, plastics were invented by Alexander Parkes. In the past few decades, however, plastics first became mass produced. Plastics are used for all kinds of things due to their flexibility to be able to be molded into different shapes. Unfortunately, the production of plastic and chemicals can result in health hazards if proper precautions are not taken.

The main 3 stages of how products made of plastic are produced include the following:

  • Resin powder is heated
  • The plastic is shaped
  • The plastic is cooled and the shape is retained

Plastics are made from long chain molecules also known as polymers, which originally come from monomers, which are smaller molecules. The polymers are created under special circumstances in large vessels using catalysts with specific pressure and temperature. Chemical and plastic waste can be dangerous to the environment if not disposed of properly.

The chemicals that result from plastic production are due to their sources, which for the most part, are gas, coal, or crude oil. Much of these materials come from waste in petroleum refining, according to the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association. If you have legal questions or legal matters to discuss regarding chemical and plastic waste, it is important to speak with a lawyer.

Have you or a loved one suffered from health problems due to was from a plastic chemical tank? Contact an Environmental Lawyer in your area today regarding any US chemical plastic issues.


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