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Ummm...Wow...I stated in a thread about a month ago that instead of 30,000 drones flying over Amerika we should instead make 30,000 drone garbage scows to clean up the oceans...some for plastic and some to just filter out contaminants...I thought that a foundation would be the best way to go...I even e-mailed the UN environmental agency to find out how such a project would be affected by international treaties....I'm still waiting for a reply back...not really expecting one though.....
Originally posted by sean
I suggested something similar like this a couple months ago to US gov website. A rig like that out at sea to capture the garbage. Yes it will cost initial money, but we created the problem and we're the only ones that can fix it. The salvaged plastic can be used to make new products or fuel/oil. It's a win win win. It's good to see others out there that think the same way.
1. Clean up the environment.
2. Create jobs.
3. Sell the plastic to fund the project.
READ THIS FIRST The last couple of days several (spontaneous) articles have been published, claiming The Ocean Cleanup Array is a feasible method of extracting plastic from the gyres. This is an incorrect statement; we are currently only at about 1/4th of completing our feasibility study. Only after finishing that study, we believe such statements should be made. Although the preliminary results look promising, and our team of about 50 engineers, modellers, external experts and students is making good progress, we had and have no intention of presenting a concept as a feasible solution while still being in investigative phase. Please stay tuned for this study, which will be published online in several months' time. Thank you.
Likes of Bill Gates and other CEOs of multi billion dollar companies from multiple verticals (food, technology, industrial manufacturing etc etc). Atleast they should cough up some as part of their social responsibility and possible tax writeoffs as a corporation.
There are massive amounts of plastic in the ocean and these deivices could be really helpful in cleaning up the oceans. It would be nice if they used them on the great pacific garbage patch. But who would pay for it...
Generally wildlife doesn't float on the surface. However chances are for certain types if its close to the surface and/or the plastics. Then again, the process might be over within a matter of few months and has to be repeated every so often or if the buildup is big enough for the equipment to go back out there to recover the plastic debris again. The fraction of the wildlife lost might be less in comparison to the potential damage it could inflict if left out there in the ocean IMO.
Originally posted by bgold1212
If it sucks up trash, you'd think it would suck up wildlife too.
Time will tell if its economically feasible.