Plastic Collectors Near Coasts Clean Oceans Most Effectively

Posted: Jan 21 2016, 4:06am CST | by , Updated: Jan 22 2016, 3:26pm CST, in Latest Science News


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Plastic Collectors Near Coasts Clean Oceans Most Effectively
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  • Coastal Blockages could serve as a Net for One-Third of the Oceanic Plastic Pollution

Coastal blockages could serve as a net for one-third of the oceanic plastic pollution. Indonesia and China are the places to start this experiment in pollution reduction.

A thorough analysis of the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans took place recently. The results show that there are over 51 trillion particles of plastic in the oceans.

This amounts to 236,000 metric tons of waste material. It sure is loads of plastic and the deleterious effects it has on the aquatic animal population is a sad fact to say the least. Especially sea birds have their crops filled with plastic that is causing their deaths.

Most of this plastic is discarded by people living in Asia. The plastic wraps and bottle tops not to mention containers float out to the high seas and wreak havoc on the ecosystem.

There are those who see a solution to this issue in the form of better systematization of waste disposal. The Ocean Cleanup Project though wants barriers to catch the plastic parts before they find their way in the belly of a seagull.

The mess that mankind has created can be contained while there is time. Later on, there will be no way to remedy the pollution.

A researcher from Imperial College London has begun what is a revolutionary method of solving the problem once and for all. He has advised that the plastic trapping barriers be placed off the coastal waters of China and Indonesia.

The two countries are the biggest polluters on a global level as far as plastics are concerned. This move would put an end to one third of the pollutants.

The evil has to be nipped in the bud. The particulate plastics must be caught early on in their journey on the waters. Otherwise a lot of harm will result from these plastics.

Computer simulations and models were used to determine how the plastic float out to sea and what can be done to contain them before they wreak havoc on the living environment.

The placement of plastic collectors was a crucial step in the harvesting of the pollutant plastics. Floating barriers are needed to catch the plastic pieces before it is too late.

Between the present time and the year 2025, placing collectors near the coastal waters would remove over 31% of the waste matter. This would be a brilliant way of dealing with the problem.

"We need to clean up ocean plastics, and ultimately this should be achieved by stopping the source of pollution," said Sherman. "However, this will not happen overnight, so a temporary solution is needed, and clean-up projects could be it, if they are done well."

The study is published in Environmental Research Letters.

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