Yes Nigel.
Poor countries do dispose all garbage into the sea. See Haiti, which has a
system of stocking drainage ditches with garbage, then next rain fixes the
problem The collection is made and then dispursed into the sea.
Lennart

On Sat, May 26, 2018, 04:40 Nigel Dyer <l...@thedyers.org.uk> wrote:

> There have been some studies about this, covered in a recent Scientific
> American article
>
>
> https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/world-s-oceans-clogged-by-millions-of-tons-of-plastic-trash/
>
> Most of the plastic in the oceans comes from rivers in Asia and Africa.
> The problem is that there is often no organised waste collection in
> these countries so the plastic just gets dumped into the rivers.  We can
> burn or dissolve all the plastic we like in the west and it will not fix
> the problem.  Fixing it requires a change in the culture of collecting
> waste in a number of Asian and African countries.
>
> Nigel
>
> On 26/05/2018 01:54, mix...@bigpond.com wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Plastic bags are made primarily of hydrocarbons.
> >
> > 1.    Dissolved in a solvent, they might make a useful diesel fuel.
> > 2.    Bundled and compressed the bags might be burned instead of coal.
> > 3.    Added to a blast furnace, they could replace, or augment coal.
> > 4.      Subjected to pyrolysis, they might yield lighter hydrocarbons
> that
> >          could be used in the chemical industry.
> >
> > All of these options are better than them swimming around in the ocean.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> >
> > Robin van Spaandonk
> >
> > local asymmetry = temporary success
> >
> >
>
>

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