Garbage to energy plant recycles fishing nets for electricity

Posted: 5/28/2009 by Floyd in Labels:

Have you ever read on the net about the huge garbage dump in the ocean and is in effect the world's largest dump located in the Pacific Ocean?

A "plastic soup" of waste floating in the Pacific Ocean is growing at an alarming rate and now covers an area twice the size of the continental United States, scientists have said.

The vast expanse of debris – in effect the world's largest rubbish dump – is held in place by swirling underwater currents. This drifting "soup" stretches from about 500 nautical miles off the Californian coast, across the northern Pacific, past Hawaii and almost as far as Japan.

Charles Moore, an American oceanographer who discovered the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" or "trash vortex", believes that about 100 million tons of flotsam are circulating in the region. Marcus Eriksen, a research director of the US-based Algalita Marine Research Foundation, which Mr Moore founded, said yesterday: "The original idea that people had was that it was an island of plastic garbage that you could almost walk on. It is not quite like that. It is almost like a plastic soup. It is endless for an area that is maybe twice the size as continental United States."

Apparently someone may be able to harness some of this and turn into diesel fuel and if that works or they are able to do it, the environment would be much grateful. Here is an excerpt of a recent article on the project;

Project Kaisei will be taking a look at converting The Great Pacific Garbage Patch into diesel fuel, and this is where The Honolulu Derelict Net Recycling Program also offers some insights. Again relying on the kindness of strangers, the net recycling program works because a metal recycling company, Schnitzer Steel, volunteered to service a net collection bin, retrieve the nets, cut them into one-foot lengths at its nearby facility, and take them to HPower.

Cutting the nets into a manageable size is just one step in the recycling process. At the HPower plant, the nets are bulldozed to the required thinness, then exposed to a magnet before being burned. That’s a lot of processing just for one type of waste, the nets. Multiply that by the different kinds of plastic waste in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and that’s a challenge likely beyond the reach of a volunteer recycler.

The Independent

Garbage to energy


  1. Gran says:

    I hope someone finds a use for all of our garbage!

  1. Floyd says:

    This does look promising and will help the world we live in, glad to hear from you friend I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.