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An automated ship that trolls the plastic gyres and creates
buoyant recycled plastic goods for redistribution. Finished
products can be stored for eventual offloading during
refueling or merely dumped offshore close enough to
impoverished island nations that they will wash up on the
Bacteria eating plastic
Plastic eating bacteria [unhelpful_fool, Jun 20 2019]
Ocean-Going Plastic...ed Bussard Ram-Ship
by [bs0]. Another kind of ship that collects and uses plastic from the ocean. [notexactly, Jun 21 2019]
||I'd think that trying to recycle the plastic bits would be very difficult since the ship would be collecting a wide variety of plastics that don't play nice together.
||If the ship had the right sort of apparatus, the plastic could be
burned as fuel, thereby saving the oil that would have gone
into powering the ship.
||//plastics that don't play nice together.//
||At this point, we'd picture ant-like microbots sorting it all into
||[pertinax], we must go smaller! Let the bacteria breakdown the pieces so that they can release the hydrogen for fuel.
||After calm and peaceful reflection of an area of 1.6 million
square kilometers of floating litter, how many nukes would
be required to eliminate that? [8th] oughta know to within
one or two. The planet could solve this garbage issue fairly
quickly I would think.
||//how many nukes would be required to eliminate that?//
The smart move would be to wait until the plastic becomes
contiguous, and then just set fire to it.