Pollutions marines / microplastiques. Plastic to Oil Fantastic. Plastic to oil machine in action. A plastic to oil demonstration took place on February 11th at the Orella Stewardship Institute.
The take home is this technology is real and it works! We saw first-hand how you can take normal everyday plastic, from #2 to #7 including thin films wrappers. Put it in this cute little gizmo and voila! Out comes oil! The oil can then be run through the same machine and further processed into gasoline, kerosene, and diesel. This is definitely not the only answer to the huge global issue of marine debris, though I bet we could incentivise beach clean-ups if plastic was worth money! We dream of people making a living from cleaning the beaches, and with your support we can make this happen! ENergy Overview - Fullscreen. Pacific trash vortex showing drift of ocean pollution. European Commission - Environment - Water - Marine. Ec.europa.eu/environment/news/efe/pdf/FR-EFE42-110328.pdf. Jackson Browne: "If I Could Be Anywhere" Www.plasticseurope.org/documents/document/20110323115008-2011_03_23_joint_declaration.pdf.
Global Plastics and Plastic Product Producers Take Action on Marine Litter. The recycled port? An alternative to dumping at sea. In search of a sustainable alternative to dumping at sea or disposal on land, a Scandinavian consortium blended contaminated sediment with a special mix of binders to produce a safe construction material for use in ports and harbours.
Stricter regulations have reduced the use of hazardous chemicals and heavy metals in industrial activities, but their legacy lives on in the environment, notably in polluted soils and sediments. One sector where they present a particular headache is in the shipping and port industry, where dredging routinely turns up sediment contaminated with the likes of carcinogenic PCBs, TBT, cadmium, lead and mercury. Port owners are caught between constraints on dumping sediment at sea, the cheap but polluting option, and removing it to be treated for landfill, an expensive alternative. A cost-effective solution Putting it to the test Its aim was to dredge a section of harbour and treat the sediment for use in the new land area. An expanding market. Marine Research Foundation - Research - Pelagic Plastic. Plastic in the ocean may be one of the most alarming of today's environmental stories.
Plastic, like diamonds, are forever! Because plastics do NOT biodegrade, no naturally occurring organisms can break these polymers down. Instead, plastic goes through a process called photodegredation, where sunlight breaks down plastic into smaller and smaller pieces until there is only plastic dust. But always plastic remains a polymer. When plastic debris meets the sea it can remain for centuries causing untold havoc in ecosystems. Studies indicate less than 5% of plastic ever gets recycled, while each American is said to contribute some 65 lbs. of plastic into landfills each year.The ocean is especially susceptible to plastic pollution.
Most plastic floats near the sea surface where some is mistaken for food by birds and fishes. Storms flush plastics down stream and ultimately into the ocean.