Saturday, January 20, 2007
Plastic waste now represents 11.1% of all municipal solid waste generated each year in the US (2001 US EPA Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste). This amounts to over 50 billion pounds of which only 5.5% was recovered in 2001, while the overall recovery rate for MSW for the year was over 29%. This number does not include the majority of post-industrial plastic waste, which is accounted for separately. Most of it goes to landfill, as its economic use is hindered by two integrated factors. First, plastic waste is comprised of a large number of different resins, and each type has had to be handled separately or sorted until now.
What to do with these waste plastics? Well GR - Technologies solution converting plastics to alternative energy is commercially operative in Korea. Reduce the landfills, stop the some 46,000 pieces of plastic for every square mile of ocean floating aimlessly and effectingly finding it's way into the food chain. The burner can cleanly, efficiently, and economically convert this massive environmental challenge into an alternative energy supplimenting current choices.
The biggest threat is not war or dwindling supplies of fresh water, petroleum, or food. It is the gigantic wave of marine litter created by so-called modern man. And the future does not look good.We dump 7 million tons of litter into the oceans every year. A majority of this litter is thrown overboard from ships. Plastics represent 75 percent of the litter. It is also the worst type of litter.