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Thank you Iris. We have now discovered that in fact one of the ropes we have are PolySteel which is a Polyolefin Copolymer which melts at 194 degrees C. We have been melting this thinking it was nylon and getting fumes at around 200 degrees. We have found this website which has help identify some ropes https://southernropes.com/ropeinfo
There are more I will send them later.
We were a bit silly thinking all ropes were nylon, and are being super carefull now. I am making a table with pictures, names, melting point etc. I will post this once I have completed it.
Our group [email protected] started out researching the flux of plastic in North West Scotland. We set up a beach clean bin at our local beach, cleaned the beach weekly and counted and surveyed our finding. A very simple method to get some good empirical data.
Please see our website https://www.plasticatbay.org/category/resource/
We have got some funding so now we employ a Beach Ranger to help. We have also started doing microplastic surveys, we are getting involved with a study to monitor the incorporation of plastic in seabird nests and we have sent off nurdles for toxicology reports
We got into the recycling side of things as 80% of what we collect is fishing ropes and nets and we were sick of putting them in landfill and we need money to do more research.
Do you know someone to contact in the UN, we would be happy to pass on what we know so far….
@tafnstuff, I didn’t realize. We were hoping to do a lot of our recycling with PVC pipes already collected, as they are in good condition and need little cleaning. Maybe we can upcycle them? As we collect plastic from the beach we have an endless supply of non PVC plastic (unfortunately) to keep us busy.
Thanks Andy. That engine looks good and is cheaper than others we have been look at.
Thanks for the advise, we actually do want to make beams so I guess we will have to look for another motor. I see you are based in the UK, can you recommend a supplier?
We will have 3 phase electricity in our work shop. We have bought a small second hand industrial shredder, as we are dealing mostly with fishing waste from the sea and one of our main sources of plastic is PVC pipes from fish farms.
Super,we would hope to already have a work shop set up here by that sage. Although it would be something more basic to start, so we would very much welcome you visiting to see the possibilities. I am in the process of applying for funding to start up our project, but I am having difficulties working out a business plan, forward profit projection etc. if you have any advice about this it would be very much appreciated.
Great idea, but I wonder if you would reach up to the Highlands in Scotland (I am based in the very North West corner)? I think it would work really well up here, and we definitely give our support.