Removing Plastics From The Pacific Garbage Patch

967 Words May 10th, 2016 4 Pages
As an introduction, Stone explains what a garbage patch is and how the Pacific Garbage Patch as formed. He then focuses on “Project Kaisei” which was a project set up to test ways of removing plastics from the Pacific Garbage patch and disposing of them safely. They found that the larger pieces were easy to remove, but the smaller pieces posed a problem. These methods included dragging nets and places trash reciprocals need areas with high concentrations of plastic that could be picked up later. The next step is to find an environmentally friendly ay to dispose of the collected plastics. One of these methods if called pyrolysis and works by turning waste into oil and other energy forms without using combustion. This process could account for 85% of the plastic currently in the Pacific Garbage Patch. Furthermore, a pyrolysis system could be mounted on a ship and taken directly to the garbage patch and loaded with plastics by other boats. Unfortunately, these are expensive systems. A cheaper option would be to concentrate the sun’s rays and highly concentrated UV lights to excel the natural beak down process. The problem with this method is that it still leaves micro plastic in the ocean. According to Stone, some want to just leave the garbage thinking that it is a better alternative to landfills. Lastly, environmental activist think that we need to prevent the problem at its source and stop manufacturing such large quantities of plastic. Moreover, we should make…

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