Bottle Boom Fighting Plastic Pollution & Other Debris

November 3, 2021

Elastec installed a Bottle Boom in a small ditch that runs through the town. Most of the time the ditch is dry, especially in the summer months. However, after a large rainfall, a major flush event occurs and plastic pollution, debris, and other trash is washed down into it from several other roadside ditches. The …

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What is the impact of plastic pollution on the ocean?

October 18, 2021

Plastic pollution mostly originates on land and is washed down through ditches, creeks, streams, and rivers and then into the ocean, impacting wildlife and the environment. Billions of pounds of plastic pollution finds its way to the ocean each year. The most common types of plastic pollution are plastic bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers, …

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

February 16, 2021

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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Coca-Cola company trials first paper bottle

February 16, 2021

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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What are ghost nets?

February 11, 2021

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

February 9, 2021

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

November 13, 2020

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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Your Used Mask Needs to Make It to the Trash Can

July 30, 2020

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

July 30, 2020

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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What Is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

July 28, 2020

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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