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We will be presenting the abstract: Transforming Marine Debris into a Valuable Resource
Which has been placed in the: Cross-Sectoral Collaboration For Rapid Solutions: Providing Sustainable Waste Management In Developing-Economy Cities in the category of Innovative Case Studies from Around the World.
The Ocean Legacy Foundation has been developing practical solutions to collect and process all marine debris materials with the goal of zero waste. Marine debris acts as a bridge catalyzing cross-sectoral collaboration and it is within this spirit that Ocean Legacy has assisted in bringing together hundreds of non-profits, artists, government, scientists, industries, businesses, schools and concerned citizens.
In 2016, Ocean Legacy opened one of the world’s first Marine Debris Solutions Centres and has accepted more then 1000 cubic yards of material. We have developed an incredibly detailed sorting program which engages a very broad community and has resulted in a more then 90% recycle rate by weight of debris materials. Partnering with large companies like Lush Cosmetics, Resynergi Inc, and Foam Only we have been able to develop unique methodologies which allow marine debris to re-enter the value chain as new forms of packaging, plastic to fuel sources and upcycled construction materials.
Ocean Legacy’s unique on-line mapping program enables a platform for a global audience to report plastic polluted hotspot areas so that cleanup efforts can be organized. Large scale remote cleanups are then organized to remove materials from the natural environment which are then brought back to the Solutions Centre for processing. A unique feature is the development of a one-tonne mobile plastic to fuel machine using Resynergi Inc.’s technological design and equipment. This removes plastic from the waste stream and converts it into valuable fuels like petroleum, diesel or kerosene.
Ocean Legacy’s long-term vision is to open Marine Debris Solution Centres around the world enabling land-based waste solutions to revolutionize the waste industry and provide training for communities to manage their wastes and natural environment.