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Recycling beach plastic

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Recycling beach plastic

20/04/2018 at 14:27

I’m sure this question has been asked before, but I haven’t found a search tool in the forum to look it up. My question is : is it possible to recycle plastic washed up from the ocean on a beach ? Oftentime it looks like the salt and the sun have partially “degraded” it somehow. So I wonder if it requires special treatment, special washing or not. Thanks in advance !

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20/04/2018 at 14:59


Hi there,
The search function is at the bottom of the page on this forum.
The answer for your question would be: Yes, you need to wash off any dirt that might compromise the structure of the plastic product you plan on making. If it is clean, it also allows further recycling..

20/04/2018 at 15:55

Thanks for your answer @jegor-m. Good to know it works in theory. And now I know how to look up things here !

11/06/2018 at 17:54

I think that degradation is a big problem with the beach plastic. It loses it qualities.
On an island in Australia I found some bottle caps which just fell apart when I picked them. Normally bottle caps are made of HDPE and are really though. So I think that with recycling those, the products get a lower quality.

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