Gyre Solution?

10 Sep 2013

If ocean currents can carry plastic ducks, why not use them to capture plastic bits?

I have posted before about the oceanic plastic gyres and about the Great Lakes plastic slicks as well.

Now, a young man proposes a system he says is more efficient, and therefore profitable, to collect (and then recycle) the plastics by using the ocean’s currents to funnel the floating plastic into a large collector system.

See his website here and watch his Ted talk here. I suspect it is not as simple as he makes it out to be as the plastics recycling market is not particularly efficient and the plastics are old, mixed and “weathered.”  But using an anchored collection system to take advantage of currents seems like it could be a game changer.

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