Giant floating boom aims to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch | CBC News

Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

Source: Giant floating boom aims to clean up Great Pacific Garbage Patch | CBC News

Eat your meal, then your cutlery? One company’s answer to plastic pollution | CBC News

Plastic cutlery is a major contributor to the growing plastic waste crisis. An estimated 40 billion plastic utensils are used and thrown away each year in the United States alone. But an Indian cutlery company has a possible solution — spoons and forks you can eat.

Source: Eat your meal, then your cutlery? One company’s answer to plastic pollution | CBC News

111 million tonnes of plastic waste will have nowhere to go by 2030 due to Chinese import ban: study | CBC News

Earlier this year, China stopped taking much of the world’s recyclable plastic waste. Now a new study suggests that by the year 2030, an estimated 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will be “displaced” as a result of the policy.

Source: 111 million tonnes of plastic waste will have nowhere to go by 2030 due to Chinese import ban: study | CBC News

The Great Pacific Garage Patch Cleanup – Innovative Technology

This site describes an impressive large scale attempt to clean up the plastics accumulating in the Pacific.  The process is a passive ocean cleanup system, utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage. Read more about our drifting systems here. Continue reading

Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times bigger than previously estimated, study finds

A new study suggests that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area spanning 1.6 million square kilometres, contains more than 79,000 tonnes of floating plastic — 16 times more than previous estimates.

Source: Great Pacific Garbage Patch is 16 times bigger than previously estimated, study finds

Man Invents Machine To Convert Plastic Into Oil

The machine produced in various sizes, for both industrial and home uses, can easily transform a kilogram of plastic waste into a liter of oil, using about 1 kW·h of electricity but without emitting CO2 in the process. The machine uses a temperature controlling electric heater instead of flames, processing anything from polyethylene or polystyrene to polypropylene (numbers 2-4).  Comment: 1 kg of plastic produces one liter of oil, which costs $1.50. This process uses only about 1 kW·h of electricity, which costs less than 20 cents!