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.

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Why is reducing plastic pollution important?

Plastic is a part of all of our lives and in almost everything, we come into contact with on a daily basis. Each year over 300 million tons of plastic is produced and more than 8 million tons of plastic trash finds its way into the world’s oceans. The bulk of this pollution is made …

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How does plastic waste affect marine life?

Each year, an estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, most of it plastic, finds its way into the world’s oceans. How does this plastic waste affect marine life? Multiple studies have been performed showing that this plastic pollution from plastic bags to microplastics is causing a huge disruption in the ecosystem. It has been estimated …

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How Can We Solve the Plastic Waste Issue at Ground Level?

Do you want to do your part to save the planet that we all depend on and help solve the plastic waste issue? Plastic pollution continues to run rampant across the globe. It’s particularly a problem in bodies of water. Despite this unfortunate reality, there’s plenty that you can do to make a difference and …

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Plastic Pollution in the News

Environmental group picking up tons of trash along the Illinois River

A Quad-Cities based environmental group is currently docked in Peoria to do a cleanup of great magnitude. Living Lands and Waters is out on the Illinois River picking up trash all along the banks and in the water. By the time they are finished with this project, they will have picked up nearly 25 tons …

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Illinois American Water Announces Over $25,000 in Environmental Grants for Water Source Protection

Illinois American Water is announcing environmental grants for eight watershed initiatives across the state. The environmental grant recipients will receive a share of funds totaling $25,672 for community projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds. According to Justin Ladner, Illinois American Water President, including the 2020 commitment more than $247,000 in environmental grants will have …

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Discarded coronavirus face masks and gloves rising threat to ocean life, conservationists warn

The rise in disposable face masks and gloves being used to prevent the spread of coronavirus is adding to the glut of plastic pollution threatening the health of oceans and marine life, environmentalists warn. On Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order, effective this weekend, that New Yorkers must now wear a …

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