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An Overview of Plastic Waste Generation and Management in Food Packaging Industries

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Department of Mechanical, Energy and Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Technology (FET), Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Private Mail Bag 16, Palapye, Botswana
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Department of Chemical, Materials & Metallurgical Engineering Academic, FET, BIUST, Private Mail Bag 16, Palapye, Botswana
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Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, The National University of Malaysia, UKM, Bangi 43600, Malaysia
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Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation (BITRI), Private Bag 0082, Gaborone, Botswana
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Recycling 2021, 6(1), 12; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010012
Received: 15 October 2020 / Revised: 26 November 2020 / Accepted: 30 December 2020 / Published: 12 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Recycling)
Over the years, the world was not paying strict attention to the impact of rapid growth in plastic use. This has led to unprecedented amounts of mixed types of plastic waste entering the environment unmanaged. Packaging plastics account for half of the global total plastic waste. This paper seeks to give an overview of the use, disposal, and regulation of food packaging plastics. Demand for food packaging is on the rise as a result of increasing global demand for food due to population growth. Most of the food packaging are used on-the-go and are single use plastics that are disposed of within a short space of time. The bulk of this plastic waste has found its way into the environment contaminating land, water and the food chain. The food industry is encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging materials. A wholistic approach to waste management will need to involve all stakeholders working to achieve a circular economy. A robust approach to prevent pollution today rather than handling the waste in the future should be adopted especially in Africa where there is high population growth. View Full-Text
Keywords: food packaging; single-use plastics; plastic disposal; plastic waste management food packaging; single-use plastics; plastic disposal; plastic waste management
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Ncube, L.K.; Ude, A.U.; Ogunmuyiwa, E.N.; Zulkifli, R.; Beas, I.N. An Overview of Plastic Waste Generation and Management in Food Packaging Industries. Recycling 2021, 6, 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010012

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Ncube LK, Ude AU, Ogunmuyiwa EN, Zulkifli R, Beas IN. An Overview of Plastic Waste Generation and Management in Food Packaging Industries. Recycling. 2021; 6(1):12. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010012

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Ncube, Lindani K., Albert U. Ude, Enoch N. Ogunmuyiwa, Rozli Zulkifli, and Isaac N. Beas 2021. "An Overview of Plastic Waste Generation and Management in Food Packaging Industries" Recycling 6, no. 1: 12. https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling6010012

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