Yes, its widespread use and the fact that it is not biodegradable make it an issue of environmental concern. It can be recycled, but most of it instead ends up in landfills or in the oceans (where it can be dangerous to marine life).
Polyethylene is bad for the environment because it is considered a non-renewable resource. Polyethylene is the most widely used plastic, commonly found in grocery bags. Though they are recyclable, it takes a significant amount of time before the process is completed. In effect, these plastics continue to pile up in landfills and end up as pollution in various bodies of water such as the oceans. They can also end up poisoning animals once ingested. Finally, these plastics can end up clogging our drains causing more damage to the environment.
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