Bubble wrap is a fun packing material. It comes in handy when shipping fragile items such as glass, electronics, artwork and much more. Kids and adults also enjoy popping the air bubbles in bubble wrap after using it for their packing needs. But what happens after you're done with a piece of bubble wrap?
Many homes and businesses simply dump this piece of plastic inside their skip bins or waste disposal containers. However, this isn't the right approach to take. You need to be more strategic when disposing of bubble wrap because it could potentially harm the environment. Are you wondering how? Read on to find out.
Bubble wrap is non-biodegradable
The top reason why you shouldn't place bubble wrap inside your skip is because it doesn't decompose easily. Bubble wrap is made from polyethylene--a long chain molecule that takes years to break down. Your waste likely ends up in a landfill after being collected from your home. Because bubble wrap takes years to degrade, it ends up taking lots of space inside landfills. Even those bubble wrap materials that claim to decompose faster haven't been proven to be of significant benefit to the environment.
Bubble wrap can also pose a fire hazard in your skip bin. If disposed in large amounts, a flammable source may ignite the material and result in dangerous flames. Even worse, burning bubble wrap releases harmful fumes that further pollute the surrounding air.
You wouldn't want your customers, children or neighbours ingesting poisonous fumes from burning plastic. Therefore, a better approach is to plan for recycling of the bubble wrap or a special pickup by your skip bin company.
Takes up lots of space
Not only does bubble wrap take up lots of space in landfills, but it also takes up space in your skip bin. Just a few rolls of this material may leave little room for other types of waste. This may even create a false impression that you need a larger skip, or you may try to squeeze too much into an overflowing bin.
A better idea is to dispose of bubble wrap separately from your skip.
May contain toxic ingredients
Being made from polyethylene, bubble wrap may also contain thin coatings of chemicals that induce durability and water resistance. These chemicals may leach into landfills and bodies of water when bubble wrap ends up being dumped in such areas.
To prevent such pollution, avoid simply placing your bubble wrap into regular waste disposal containers.