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plastic recycling floating island

 
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125,000 tons of plastic rubbish was being shipped from Australia to China every year, till they stopped taking it in. Now it is shipped to Malasia where it is burned or burried.

The solution: A floating automated (and uninhabitable) island that uses the rubbish itself in a safe and clean way to fuel the processing of the plastic into quality industrial pellets or parts.

The floating island, owned and funded by EcoPositive, working along with green activist groups, "rents out" services to plastic companies around the world, at low prices, creating tooth brush handles bristels or plastic cups.

The pellets and parts are packaged in safe containers (the subject of a different idea to be posted some day soon). EcoPositive pays the Ocean Cleanup project to create a containment floating border that follows the automated floating shipment and in case of a problem gathers and contains the unlikely case of a spill.

The island is covered with trees and vegetation watered by fog nets.

pashute, Sep 04 2020

Swedish garbage incineration https://www.youtube...watch?v=caw-969W-D4
[pashute, Sep 04 2020]

Garbageland Garbageland
[Voice, Sep 04 2020]

Ocean-Going_20Plast...0Bussard_20Ram-Ship [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Sep 04 2020]

Exposing Austrailias recycling https://www.youtube...watch?v=lqrlEsPoyJk
[pashute, Sep 04 2020]

Doomwatch https://en.wikipedi...iki/Doomwatch#Books
Prophetic ... [8th of 7, Sep 06 2020]

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       Build a golf course on it and invite The Gump to play the launch game.
xenzag, Sep 04 2020
  

       Have you thought of introducing Ideonella sakaiensis into the gut microbiome of the Laysan albatrosses of Midway Atoll?
pertinax, Sep 04 2020
  

       <Thinks about introducing Ideonella sakaiensis into the gut microbiome of the Laysan albatrosses of Midway Atoll./>   

       Can't a better result be achieved just by setting fire to something ?   

       Wasn't there an idea on the hb for a slow-moving automated vessel that collected plastic, dried and shredded it, then burnt it as fuel to power itself ?
8th of 7, Sep 04 2020
  

       I posted an idea for an "ironically carbon-neutral supertanker" a while ago, but I'm not sure that's quite what you mean
hippo, Sep 04 2020
  

       //Wasn't there an idea on the hb for a slow-moving automated vessel that collected plastic, dried and shredded it, then burnt it as fuel to power itself ?//   

       Yes.
Yes there was. [link]
  

       That otherwise admirable idea was somewhat vitiated by the top speed of two to five microknots.   

       This limitation arises from the fact that the concentration of the plastic particles, though high enough to devastate wildlife, is still much too low for convenient harvesting.   

       Fortunately, nature has provided a mechanism for increasing the concentration of what is, in effect, the junk food of the oceans, namely, the food chain itself; it's a fair guess that the highest concentrations of plastic particles can be found in the digestive tracts of apex predators.   

       At present, the apex predator dies (whether from surfeit of PET or any other cause), rots and releases the plastics back at the bottom of the food chain, to begin another lethal ascent.   

       But now, enter Ideonella sakaiensis, a bacterium accidentally bred, like a micro-organic Gojira, in the rubbish dumps of Japan.   

       It eats PET.   

       All we have to do is get it to where the problematic PET is found, namely, up the cloaca of the biggest seagull we can find, that lives in the right place - videlicet, the Laysan albatross of Midway Atoll.
pertinax, Sep 06 2020
  

       Pertinax, in the long term evolution will resolve this for you. More species that are not poisoned by - or actually thrive upon - plastics will evolve. Whether or not that benefits humanity remains to be seen. A widespread plastiphage could result in the collapse of civilization, akin to the “papyrolysis” and “The Great Decomposition” in Lem’s 1961 Memoirs Found In a Bathtub. Note also the Andromeda Strain (Chrichton, 1969 & Wilson, 2019) mutated into a form that could depolymerize many plastics, with catastrophic results.
kdf, Sep 06 2020
  

       You missed Kit Pedler's seminal "Mutant 59: The Plastic Eater".   

       <link>   

       And we thought you were familiar with culture ... well, English culture, which is the only meaningful form.
8th of 7, Sep 06 2020
  

       I missed it because I stopped after the earliest couple of examples that came to mind. And my familiarity with British television is pretty sparse. American television too, for that matter.
kdf, Sep 06 2020
  

       // my familiarity with British television is pretty sparse //   

       Really ?   

       <Vader>   

       "I find your lack of taste ... disturbing."   

       </Vader>   

       If you are unfamiliar with English TV tropes, memes and themes in general, we will schedule you for additional random, violent beatings. While this may not directly improve your knowledge, it will at least provide superior motivation for you to engage in self-improvement.
8th of 7, Sep 06 2020
  

       Can we at least start with comedy rather than science fiction? I’ve already had some of the introductory material... Dad’s Army, Allo Allo, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Steptoe and Son, Til Death Do Us Part, Are You Being Served, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers...   

       My interest in television (both sides of the ocean) waned some time in the late 1970’s though...
kdf, Sep 06 2020
  

       //evolution will resolve this for you//   

       Right-o.   

       {Checks watch}   

       ...   

       {Waits for geological time to pass}   

       ....
pertinax, Sep 07 2020
  

       <eons pass>   

       Ponty Mython.
Flowery Twats.
  

       it all comes full circle.   

       // My interest in television ... waned some time in the late 1970’s //   

       Ah yes, the terrible desolate yawning void between the end of the animated series and the start of TNG, when all the re-runs of TOS (Except for Plato's Stepchildren) had been watched at least 87 times each and were starting to lose a tiny bit of their freshness ...
8th of 7, Sep 07 2020
  

       Actually, the gap in ST had nothing to do with it. While I realize it had great significance to many people, it did not have as much influence on me as The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle, a vastly superior canon. I simply decided that ALL of it was crap.
kdf, Sep 07 2020
  
      
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