Is it possible to get rid of plastic waste by launching it into space?

(ORDO NEWS) — It is no secret that humanity has a “difficult relationship” with plastic waste, which literally poisons all life, exacerbating the already serious problems caused by climate change.

Can we get rid of plastic waste by launching it into space?

Yes, it is possible, but it is too expensive for mankind. It would cost about $20,000 to send a kilogram of cargo into Earth orbit, and many times more if we want to send it farther.

This means that it would cost at least $6,000,000,000,000 (six trillion) dollars to transport into space the 300 million (minimum) tons of plastic waste that we all produce every year. It turns out that recycling waste is much cheaper.

In addition, there is an ethical question about whether it is acceptable to send waste to low Earth orbit, where there is already a huge amount of space debris , which regularly threatens manned and unmanned missions.

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