If incorrectly disposed of, microbeads have the potential to be extremely hazardous to the environment. So if you need to dispose of microbeads, make sure you choose a responsible and experienced provider of microbeads disposal, such as the BKP Group.
What Are Microbeads And Why Are They So Harmful?
Microbeads are included in numerous household products that many people use within their daily lives, but what are they and why are they so harmful? Microbeads are tiny pieces of plastic, usually made from polyethylene but they can be made of other plastics such as polypropylene and polystyrene.
They do have many positive uses, for example in science they can be used to separate biological materials, and in home pregnancy tests, they are used to react to hormones which creates the blue line.
However, whilst the above uses of microbeads are useful and can be mostly classified as positive, there are many other uses that can be very problematic for both human health and the environment. For example, when used in cosmetic products such as face wash and toothpaste. These tiny pieces of plastic are very small, usually smaller than 5 millimetres; this means that microbeads are able to pass through water filtration systems.
If you look at the microbeads in your face scrub or on your toothpaste, the microbeads can indeed appear tiny and harmless. However, these tiny beads enter the world’s waters and can be mistaken by fish and other aquatic creatures as tiny pieces of food; as such they can enter the food chain.
To make this even worse, plastic can act like a sponge for toxins. This means that these tiny pieces of plastic can absorb toxins such as pesticides the deposit them into the food chain. As the small creatures that eat plastic get eaten by larger creatures, and this means that the fish that reach human’s dinner plates could contain pieces of plastic. It isn’t just marine creatures that are affected by plastic pollution. Birds too can be victims of this form of pollution. Shockingly, “plastic trash is found in 90 percent of seabirds”.
What Can Be Done About Microbeads? How Do You Dispose Of The Responsibly?
The planet is in serious danger, with both climate change and pollution affecting our planet it is important that we all take whatever steps we can in order to reduce the impact we have on the environment. According to information from Sky Ocean Rescue, “by 2050, the plastic in the world's oceans will weigh more than all the fish”; that’s just a few decades away.
There are numerous things that can be done to help the environment. Firstly you can stop using products that contain microbeads; instead opting for products which use more environmentally friendly alternatives.
However if you are searching for a method of safely disposing of products which contain microbeads, BKP Group is here to help. We offer a professional microbeads disposal service. Whilst most filtration systems do not filter out microbeads when they are washed down the drain, our professional disposal solutions can responsibly manage and dispose of microbeads waste.
Here at BKP Group, we take our commitments to the environment very seriously. We understand that as a professional waste managing business; out actions have the potential to have a negative impact on the environment. We recognise that we have a responsibility to the environment and as such we take steps to minimise or reduce the impact that our actions may have.
Additionally, we understand that certification from external auditors is important to provide our clients with peace of mind. After all, whilst we’re managing your waste you’ll need to be sure that we act within correct health and safety, environmental, and quality guidelines. So, thanks to our various accreditations from the International Organisation for Standardisation, when you choose to dispose of your waste paint through our waste management services, you can rest assured that our team of experts will manage your waste responsibly and ethically.
Our QAS International Accreditations:
- ISO 9001:2015 in Quality,
- ISO 14001:2015 Environmental,
- ISO 45001:2018 in Health and Safety.
The Other Hazardous Waste Solutions & Services Available From BKP Group
Here at BKP Group, we are renowned for our vast portfolio of services, including many other forms of hazardous waste disposal. For example, our team can provide waste clearance and removal services for many dangerous and harmful waste items such as Asbestos, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Disposal (WEEE Waste), chemical waste disposal, liquid waste services, paint disposal, and spray booth cleaning.
As a registered Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier, you can have peace of mind that our team of technicians are fully qualified and are regularly trained to meet the latest safety and quality standards. As a business, we will as far as is reasonably practicable, ensure that the work environment is safe. This is achieved by ensuring that all members of staff are equipped with the correct tools and protective equipment to do their job in a safe working environment.
Interested? To Make An Enquiry Please Contact Our Team Of Waste Management Experts
Founded in 1964 and driven by a dedicated team from our Romsey transfer station, BKP utilise latest technologies and recognised strategies to provide sustainable solutions in waste management. If you have any questions our friendly and dedicated team of waste disposal experts will be happy to assist you.
If you’re interested in a waste management solution from a business with over 50 years of industry and innovative expertise and you would like to request a quote, or if you have any questions or concerns; please don’t hesitate to contact a member of staff by calling 0800 376 5004, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Alternatively, you could contact our team online using one of the following methods.