What do six decades of a throwaway culture look like? Welcome to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – a trash vortex between California and Hawaii thought to contain over 140,000 tonnes of floating plastic (the contents of around 12,000 rubbish trucks) washed into the sea from dumps, sewers and rivers.
UK start-up Recycling Technologies is one of the newest members. It is industrialising a form of pyrolysis (decomposing plastics at high temperatures without oxygen) to turn the random mix of waste plastics in our dustbins into a synthetic crude oil called Plaxx.
Read the full article here: Engineering and Technology – Cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch