Why can’t the plastic in the ocean be recycled?

Sadly, I think everyone has heard of the ocean’s plastic island, it is a huge mass in the Pacific formed by currents.  It is west of the Americas, East of Asia and north of Hawaii in international waters. Did you know there are 5 islands?

Does the plastic in the ocean have no value?  Why aren’t the ocean salvage companies raking it in?                    Why hasn’t some brilliant person invented a recycling vessel much like the fish processing ships?

CHECK this guy out – The Dutch Boy Mopping up a Sea of Plastic He set up a foundation, The Ocean Cleanup, and explained his concept in a TedX Talk: How the Oceans can Clean Themselves…he made the decision to pause both university and social life to try make it a reality.

Plastic in our Oceans  – 8 Million Metric Tons


Where is it coming from? It is being studied read this;

Science 13 February 2015: Vol. 347 no. 6223 pp. 768-771        DOI: 10.1126/science.1260352

Plastic Waste Inputs from Land into the Ocean

by Jenna R. Jambeck1,*Roland Geyer2Chris Wilcox3Theodore R. Siegler4Miriam Perryman1Anthony Andrady5Ramani Narayan6Kara Lavender Law7                                         

 ABSTRACT:  Plastic debris in the marine environment is widely documented, but the quantity of plastic entering the ocean from waste generated on land is unknown. By linking worldwide data on solid waste, population density, and economic status, we estimated the mass of land-based plastic waste entering the ocean. We calculate that 275 million metric tons (MT) of plastic waste was generated in 192 coastal countries in 2010, with 4.8 to 12.7 million MT entering the ocean. Population size and the quality of waste management systems largely determine which countries contribute the greatest mass of uncaptured waste available to become plastic marine debris. Without waste management infrastructure improvements, the cumulative quantity of plastic waste available to enter the ocean from land is predicted to increase by an order of magnitude by 2025.

Green Energy – WHY aren’t we doing it?

Why can’t we just stop all our bad energy use and go green?

I wish it was that easy – GO Green – no expensive power grid changes, no raise in rates due to the upgrade.

All just happy greenness.

Infrastructure – what a pain.  Before college I could not have told you what that word meant. What does it mean? My good friend Merriam-Webster says – “the basic equipment and structures (such as roads and bridges) that are needed for a country, region, or organization to function properly”

Our power grid is well old, antiquated and the more you read scary – DOE 2014 report.  It is due to massive use of power, materials to make transformers, domestic production of transformers, and an old inefficient system.

Can we fix it sure but who pays for that?  Are we able to do better – yes but it will not be for free.

How will we change?  When the majority of our population cries out and says I want something better for future generations?

HOPE: Our brilliant children, develop environmental ethics/rights, and new green initiatives …

Wave energy – http://www.renewablegreenenergypower.com/introduction-to-wave-energy/

Solar

Wind

Water – Hydro

Geothermal

HYDROGEN CAR – Water exhaust see what Toyota is doing

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recycling Musings Plastic #6

Why do stores pack things in Plastics #6 Polystyrene is there nothing better?

Some places like San Francisco have banned the use.

If an item says it is recyclable (Plastics #6)  but no municipality does it, is it then not recycled so why earn the #6???

 It says it can be recycled even when nobody does it and it is not economically feasible to do so. According to http://www.earth911.com/ this product can be up to 97% air.

Imagine the volume of a pound of plastic #6, lets guess a kitchen trash can (12″ x 14″ x 20″ = 13 gallons or 2 cubic feet) which full of the 97% air Plastic #6 polystyrene maybe weighs a 1/2 pound? Not much!

 And of that material on 25%, of the 3% that is not air, content can be reused. According to the Plastics Market – Material must be baled and meet certain standards of weight, density, and size.   How do these municipalities recycling centers afford to prepare & ship it?

BASICALLY it ain’t worth it!

We, me included, just need to stop using/buying it!

Hope?  People are living a Zero Waste Lifestyle – check this out http://www.zerowastehome.com/p/book.html

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