Originally posted by stanguilles7
Originally posted by hp1229
Eventually the fishing boats/ships will make plastic runs for collecting plastics for the recycling industry
Perhaps. But it will take decades for the price to be at a place where its profitable for ships to scavenge plastic at a profit.
As our friend, esteemed member this_is_who_we_are
, would say:
Are we going to wait until these debris
islands invade the Hawaiian Islands and
then the West Coast of North America all
the way from San Diego to Vancouver, B.C.?
Or, are there any ideas to meet this challenge on the high seas before possible irreparable damage is done to the fragile eco-culture that now
flourishes on the West Coast of America?
We thinks it was perhaps a few pages back where we suggested a floating materials recycling facility (MRF). Replace the dump truck with a few
purpose-fitted tugboats (that towed the MRF-on-a-barge to American Resource Island One
), pull up alongside the resource debris island, and go
Here's a MRF for the recycling of domestic waste.
Materials recovery facility - Wikipedia
Or something like this:
The Materials Recovery Facility uses single stream technology to automatically sort the paper, plastic, cans and glass collected at curbside in
1. As incoming material moves along a conveyer belt, workers pull out large items, cardboard and plastic bags and toss them into bins. Unusable trash
is thrown away.
2. The recyclables move into a double-deck screening machine that separates newspapers, mixed paper and containers into separate streams. Material
bounces over rows of square wheels spinning 1,000 times per minute. Blasts of air dislodge cans and bottles from newspapers. Gaps between rollers
allow smaller items to fall onto conveyer belts.
3. Workers again pull out any trash and discard it.
4. Next is the trommel-mag - a large, rotating tube with small holes in the sides and an electromagnet at one end. Small items such as bottle caps
fall through holes. The electromagnet snags tin cans. Then it's on to the air classifier, where a powerful fan blows lightweight aluminum and plastic
onto one conveyer, and heavier glass falls onto another. Workers sort glass and plastics.
5. An electromagnetic device diverts aluminum cans into a storage bin.
Garbage & Recycling - Materials Recovery Facility (MRF
Or even just a few balers for plastic and process the bales back on the mainland.
Let's suppose you can get $0.30/Lbs for Scrap Plastic.
A 10” cylinder baler would produce at the minimum 1,400 lb. bales of LDPE @ $420/bale; 1,000 bales =
and probably 1,000+ lbs. bales of HDPE; @ $300/bale; 1,000 bales =
2,000 mixed bales = approximately
One would be willing to bet that there are some very
big players thinking about this with that kind of money on the table.
Wonder what the legal aspect of a venture of this type would be.
Can one just "claim" all or part of a debris island?
Do the laws of the high seas apply and it can be claimed as salvage?
Can one even find it?
How big is your transport ship?
How many bales fit in a container?
Something... anything pro-active.
How about a team of like-minded individuals to look into this as an opportunity to provide a much-needed service that should actually be more than
After all, we start with (free) resources being delivered closer to our shores everyday.
By natural selection, won’t these islands will have “organized” themselves into like-masses, if you will?
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