“If there is one thing that I have discovered by studying the ocean, it is that it is greatly imperiled – it is treated both as humanity’s waste bin and its fast food joint”
Boats outfitted with special equipment will be able to collect between two and eight tonnes of waste per trawl for cleaning and recycling, while other fishermen will collect plastic debris mixed with by-catch and deposit it at special collection points.
“A lot of these disposal facilities don’t want to use the most modern technology because it costs more”
One of the most bitter battles in California is over sludge, the batter-like material left over after treatment plants finish cleaning and draining what is flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink.
Sludge used to get dumped in the ocean — but that was banned in the 1980s because of concerns about pollution.