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Ways To Fight Plastic Pollution

The world is waking up to the scourge of plastics in our oceans and waterways, images and reports of beaches piled with plastic bottles and sea life suffering.

Brute Bin trash collectionElastec is a major manufacturer of oil spill equipment, we have developed groundbreaking and award-winning systems for collecting spilled oil from such environments. We have products for controlling and collecting floating plastics however we recognize that these tools could be enhanced and improved, we want to collaborate and innovate to find better Ways to Fight Plastic Pollution.

Currently, collection methods for plastic pollution fall into two categories, static or passive. Static methods would be barriers strung across rivers and waterways, sometimes married to floating baskets or bins (Brute Bin / Brute Boom). Active methods include boats with integrated collection systems (Omni Catamaran).

Omni Catamaran trash skimmerElastec has already participated in numerous trials, installations and community programs. We are currently field testing Brute Bins in the United States and have traveled the country with our Omni Catamaran trash collection boat.  We also support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Clean the Bay Day.” Our employees collected 800 lbs of trash from Norfolk’s harbor in 2018.

We will be posting updates as we participate in cleanup initiatives and develop equipment. Elastec would like to hear from you if you have a plastics problem where we might be able to assist. We believe that by getting out there and working the problem we will evolve better solutions to this important problem.

Recent Blog Posts

Omni Catamaran Cleaning Waterside Marina in Norfolk, VA.

The Elastec Omni Catamaran is currently at Waterside Marina in Norfolk, VA. to begin weeklong trash skimming operations ahead of the 30th annual Clean The Bay Day on Saturday, June 1. There will be a media event tomorrow (May 29, 2019) from 11 to 11:30 a.m. with reporters being invited to see the unique boat …

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Interview with Lenny Arkinstall of Los Cerritos Wetland Stewards

We talk to Lenny Arkinstall, founder of the Los Cerritos Wetland Stewards in Long Beach, California. Lenny has been cleaning the waterways in Southern California for years and has recently been utilizing the ELASTEC Omni Catamaran. The Elastec Omni Catamaran is a versatile aluminum work boat that offers a variety of waterway maintenance and marina …

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Update On Our Roadside Trash Collection

Here’s an update on our “trash walks” from last week. We finished cleaning the stretch of road between the stop signs in front of our office (about 1/4 mile). In doing so, we filled 5 heavy duty trash bags totaling 74 pounds. The most common type of item we picked up were aluminum cans, specifically …

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Plastic Pollution in the News

Artists create gallery show from trash

In the right-hand corner of the Astoria Visual Arts gallery, out of an arrangement of abandoned Styrofoam and a jumble of microplastic, tiny green plants grow. They’re surrounded by trash — thick metal rods weave among them, a massive, rotting fishing net hangs from above, a plastic, flesh-colored hand protrudes from below. But still, they …

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Join #TeamOcean During the 2019 International Coastal Cleanup

The International Coastal Cleanup is just around the corner and we are grabbing our gloves, suiting up, and heading out to clean up our beaches, Great Lakes, and waterways. This annual event, hosted by the Ocean Conservancy and supported by the NOAA Marine Debris Program (MDP), works to bring people together from across the globe …

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Young, Bonamici Unveil Next Step to Remove, Prevent Marine Pollution

Last week, Representatives Don Young (R-AK) and Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Co-Chairs of the House Oceans Caucus, introduced legislation to strengthen efforts to remove and prevent marine debris. Every minute, the equivalent of a garbage truck full of plastic is dumped into our ocean. According to the United Nations, that is more than eight million metric …

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