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Plastic bag garbage assessment : current and alternative solutions Ahn, Sangjoon (Kenny)


The following report describes the current assessment of plastic garbage collecting system at the University of British Columbia. First, it explains the general concepts of the degradable plastic bag and its characteristics with respect to the sustainability. Then, it goes on to the regular plastic bag and finally, the plastic bag-free section. Those three different types of the garbage colleting systems illustrate the environmental, the social, and the economic impacts. By comparing and contrasting those different types of garbage collecting system at UBC, the reasonable recommendation and solutions can be made as to what would be a good alternative to the current plastic bag being used. The scope of the report is mostly concentrated on the usage of the plastic bags for the garbage bins and the waste containers. Some cost approximations were made in order to approach the alternative solutions. Disclaimer: “UBC SEEDS provides students with the opportunity to share the findings of their studies, as well as their opinions, conclusions and recommendations with the UBC community. The reader should bear in mind that this is a student project/report and is not an official document of UBC. Furthermore readers should bear in mind that these reports may not reflect the current status of activities at UBC. We urge you to contact the research persons mentioned in a report or the SEEDS Coordinator about the current status of the subject matter of a project/report.”

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