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Ocean Pollution: The Great Garbage Patch Cleanup

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 6, 2015 11:09:16 AM

With the cleanup of the Texas-sized Great Pacific Garbage Patch we continue the battle against ocean pollution.

Said to be the longest floating structure in world history, Ocean Cleanup will take on one of the most historic plastic garbage piles -- the huge island of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean.



Ocean Cleanup will rely on ocean currents to capture the floating plastic (see illustrations right and below). The theory is that by collecting the trash using ocean currents that no wildlife will be harmed and ships can easily avoid a potential hazard.  The problem is huge and growing. Eight millions tons of plastic have been collecting annually in the ocean, and that means that expert say there are an amazing 5.25 TRILLION plastic pieces floating on the ocean.

Plans are to deploy the first Ocean Cleanup in the ocean near Tsushima, an island between Japan and South Korea. It will collect the floating plastic for two years. The collected plastic will be burned as an alternative fuel.



Of course, Ocean Cleanup has a Website with all details a mere click away.

Green Builder Media's recorded interview with Algalita Marine Research Foundations' Dr. Marcus Eriksen can be found here.

Is plastic a viable fuel source? BioMass magazine has an article that details how Blount, a Madison, Wisc., utility plant has been burning “what the utility dubs "PDF" (poly-derived fuel) for more than 10 years.”

Ocean Cleanup crowd-funded the venture. Here is one of their YouTube videos.




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