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

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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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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Plastic Pollution in the News

Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

Helen Lowman looks at litter a lot. It’s her job. But while walking her dog in Westport, Conn., in March, she noticed an alarming trend. First she passed some dirty wipes on the ground. Then there were gloves. And finally a mask. Four months later, she said the litter of personal protective gear has only …

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What Is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

It can be easy to forget about pollution and landfills, so long as you don’t see it up close every day. You throw something out and then essentially, it disappears from your life. But just because it’s “gone” from your life doesn’t mean it’s truly gone; it still has to go somewhere, and the Great …

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Bite Size Plastic: How Marine Wildlife Snack on Our Trash

Millions of tons of debris enter the marine environment each year, including our trash and damaged fishing gear, and can be found at the surface of the water, down to the deepest parts of the ocean. Many marine debris items, especially plastics, are small enough to be ingested, or eaten, by wildlife, an issue of …

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