WAYS TO FIGHT PLASTIC POLLUTION

The world is waking up to the scourge of plastics in our oceans and waterways, images and reports of beaches piled with plastic bottles and sea life suffering.

Brute Bin trash collectionElastec is a major manufacturer of oil spill equipment, we have developed groundbreaking and award-winning systems for collecting spilled oil from such environments. We have products for controlling and collecting floating plastics however we recognize that these tools could be enhanced and improved, we want to collaborate and innovate to find better Ways to Fight Plastic Pollution.

Currently, collection methods for floating plastic fall into two categories, static or passive. Static methods would be barriers strung across rivers and waterways, sometimes married to floating baskets or bins (Brute Bin / Brute Boom). Active methods include boats with integrated collection systems (Omni Catamaran).

Omni Catamaran trash skimmerElastec has already participated in numerous trials, installations and community programs. We are currently field testing Brute Bins in the United States and have traveled the country with our Omni Catamaran trash collection boat.  We also support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Clean the Bay Day.” Our employees collected 800 lbs of trash from Norfolk’s harbor in 2018.

We will be posting updates as we participate in cleanup initiatives and develop equipment. Elastec would like to hear from you if you have a plastic trash problem where we might be able to assist. We believe that by getting out there and working the problem we will evolve better solutions to this important problem.

Recent Blog Posts

Elastec equipment featured in study on selecting devices to capture plastic pollution

Elastec’s equipment (PermaFence, Brute Bin, and Omni Catamaran) was recently featured in a study on plastic pollution control. The paper, titled “Ridding our rivers of plastic: A framework for plastic pollution capture device selection,” covers the issue of floating marine debris and plastic pollution and selection of devices to capture it. The PermaFence containment boom …

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What are ghost nets?

You may have heard the term ghost nets and wondered what it means. Ghost nets are fishing nets that have either been lost or discarded in the ocean. They include traditional fishing nets, gill nets, and lobster and crab pots. These nets, primarily made of plastic material, are left drifting in the water where they …

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How does the cup on the side of the road make it to the ocean?

Roadside trash and litter. We’ve all seen it and some of us have even contributed to it. So, what’s the big deal? How does that plastic cup on the side of the road make it all the way to the ocean and what can be done about it? Litter thrown out of a car window …

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Plastic Pollution in the News

Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

Coca-Cola is to test a paper bottle as part of a longer-term bid to eliminate plastic from its packaging entirely. The prototype is made by a Danish company from an extra-strong paper shell that still contains a thin plastic liner. But the goal is to create a 100% recyclable, plastic-free bottle capable of preventing gas …

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Our oceans are haunted by ghost nets: Why that’s scary and what we can do

Ghost nets aren’t supernatural, but they are legitimately scary. A ghost net is a fishing net that’s been lost or abandoned in the ocean. They are one particularly egregious part of the global ghost fishing problem, which includes fishing gear abandoned in the water. Any net or line left in the ocean can pose a …

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Plastic pollution is everywhere. Study reveals how it travels

Plastic pollution is ubiquitous today, with microplastic particles from disposable goods found in natural environments throughout the globe, including Antarctica. But how those particles move through and accumulate in the environment is poorly understood. Now a Princeton University study has revealed the mechanism by which microplastics, like Styrofoam, and particulate pollutants are carried long distances …

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