Cleaning plastic from our oceans - The Ocean Cleanup Venture

Randy

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#21
And here is the standard pulled together by DNV GL:

Building trust into products made from reclaimed plastic - DNV GL

Will its recommended controls assure the chain of custody of plastic?

Must we update our management systems to help our customers and their customers to stop dumping their discarded plastic?
Been there done that with EMS, at least for my group. Recycling of waste materials is a specific bullet item during audits, I actually have a manufacturing location that set an objective to reduce waste to landfill 25% one year, when I visited the following year I of course followed up and asked if they'd met their target percentage (weight), the answer was "Nope", followed by "100%, nothing goes to landfill". They had found someplace for everything to go as a total plant effort (500 employees). Other places I've seen similar results and of course failures.

A very major obstacle to getting rid of plastic is what to do with it. As stated some can be recycled back but quite a bit can't. Alternate use is a viable option to a certain degree such as in artificial lumber, insulating materials, cement aggregate, and so on, but in all things it boils down to cost, profit and raw material availability.
 
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Marc

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#24

There is a reason China and Viet Nam (to name 2 countries) no longer accepts the US's trash.
 

John Broomfield

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#25
Yes, shipping our plastic trash to dump in other countries makes no sense either.

Building and operating more incinerators may make the problem more visible to those of us who do not recycle our plastic waste.

BTW, on playing the video I received an error message: This video is not available. So I reported it to YouTube and its bot promised to investigate.
 

optomist1

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#26
great thread....my two shekels worth....ensure all plastic is "easily recyclable" AND we are humans, so PICK UP after ourselves...cigarette smokers tend to be some of the worst offenders...butts, butts, butts pretty disgusting..
 

Marc

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#29
Regional controls. Use a VPN. If I use UK on my VPN I get the same Not Available.
Yes, shipping our plastic trash to dump in other countries makes no sense either.
It does if they actually DO (could, in most cases they can not) recycle the plastic. Having watched several good documentaries on plastics and recycling, it boils down to most plastics, even those with the recycling logo, are not necessarily recyclable. Attempts to revise the identification system failed because of lobbying efforts by you know who. People see the recycling symbol and assume they are, which is not the case.

A quick summary: How much plastic actually gets recycled? | Live Science
 
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