A Solution to the Trash (Garbage) Islands on the Planet Earth
by Mark Winkle
Winkle Institute of Worldwide Economic Stability
Financial, Environmental, and Legal Research
The problem of the Garbage Island on the planet Earth is one of ever growing concern and needs to be immediately addressed by environmentalists, the United Nation, world -wide Environmental groups of all kinds and of course the natural resources (oil and gas) corporations, chemical corporations, researchers and research labs, and manufacturers of all kinds of materials. Each of these groups can contribute to the solution as each of them has contributed to the problem.
I have looked at this problem in depth for some time and now offer my two cents worth of advice on this ever expanding environmental and economic problem. You might say, “Why should we be concerned about the Garbage Islands, they are not my personal problem? Well, they are a problem that each and every one of us has contributed to as citizens of this planet. As a result, we all have the responsibility to clean up after ourselves and be good stewards of this planet.
What would it take to clean up this mess and how long would it take? If the blue print I lay out in this paper is implemented it could take conservatively anywhere from ten to fifty years to almost eliminate the “garbage islands” on this planet.
The Equipment needed: 10 to 50 tanker ships outfitted with these minimum levels of technology:
1. Conveyor belt loading system that would pull in trash so that it could be sorted, baled, and loaded by an on board crane off board to a dock or to another ship.
2. Rooms and facilities for a minimum crew of 50 people as well as facilities for a solar power plant, anchoring system, organic gardening, health facilities, recreation facilities,
3. Water suction systems that can be used to suck smaller plastic particles into a filtered system for plastic recovery. This system would be operated 24/7 and would have its own solar power plant to enable repair, maintenance, and continuous plastic recovery long term for years.
a. Containers with compressors that could press these plastic particles into blocks for shipment to recycling facilities etc.
b. the use of plastic eating microorganisms can also be researched through this system to obtain multiple streams of reduction of plastic particulate matter.
4. An on board crane capable of hoisting 10,000 pounds on board and off ship to and from docks.
5. Laboratory research facilities to determine the efficacy of the operation and plan for future recycling monitoring and implementation of approved plans.
6. Labor could be constituted of maritime persons, environmentalists, research personnel, and other possible volunteers (unpaid) who would earn college credit or receive reduced prison sentences for their time spent onboard.
I do not anticipate this program having any shortage of volunteers that would fill the non-professional labor intensive positions. Each person would be required to sign a one, two, or three year contract for services and would be held to that contract unless they were injured and required medical help on shore.
As for the professional positions, these could be funded by grants, research grants, scientific grants, and the sale of recycled materials. Other sources of funding may be required initially.
The anticipated amount of recovered, sorted, and recycled material is anticipated at 1,000,000 tons annually per ship or about two billion pounds of recovered, sorted, baled, transported, and delivered materials annually.
The refitting of several super tankers could cost as much as $150 million each, but the ships are presently available around the world that could be retrofitted easily to meet these requirements that were earlier stated.
These ships essentially would be floating cities that would provide their own power source through solar technology and low impact environmental fuels. They would have on board facilities to recover, sort, pulverize, and compress materials into transportable bales of recycled materials.
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