A million plastic bottles a minute

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  1. Ras

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    In Malaysia they do recycle. Here I have to separate the plastic bottles, glass bottles, tin can and rubbish in different plastic bags for the rubbish man to collect. The tap water here is also good, been drinking it since young.
     
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  2. Toroid

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    We have a California Redemption Value (CRV). You have to pay an additional 5 cents per container of plastic or aluminum. You actually get less than you paid in if you recycle them yourself.
     
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  3. CasualBystander

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    Where I am from we recycle everything. But much of it I suspect goes to the county incinerator, where it is recycled into carbon dioxide and water.

    My county has a co-generation facility (it generates ash and electricity).

    This is the real key - high temperature incineration. We barely need a land fill.

    Rather than creating high tech coal seams for future generations we free that carbon dioxide to go back into the air where it belongs.
     
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  4. August

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    The truth of Australian recycling.
     
  5. CasualBystander

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    I have never had a pet bottle or a pet rock.

    Why were you buying pet bottles to begin with?
     
  6. August

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    We have Pet bottles here as well , never use them as we have the best water in the world except for Norway.
     
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  7. CasualBystander

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    Well...

    We get our water from the Potomac.

    About all I can say for it is it hasn't killed me yet.
     
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  8. nivek

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    My water comes from a well 50 feet from my house and 30 feet down, it hasn't killed me yet...
     
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  9. August

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    You got Pot bottles then.
     
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  10. CasualBystander

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    About all you can say for Potomac water is it has a high level of H2O content.
     
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  11. August

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    Must have lots of fish in it then ?
     
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  13. Toroid

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    They would have to load it onto barges, tow it to land and it would fill an entire landfill which cost millions to construct.
     
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  14. CasualBystander

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    Yup, they would have to load it on to barges. That is a basic transportation concept.

    Are you anti-barge???

    The barges could be self-propelled, they wouldn't necessarily have to be towed, but that is just a quibble.

    Why??? in heaven's name would you put it in a landfill???

    High Temperature Incineration is the ticket.

    It recycles plastic into CO2 and H2O. Plus you can generate electricity.
     
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  15. Ras

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    How do you generate electricity with plastic?
     
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  16. CasualBystander

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    My county gets rid of most of its refuse at a high temperature incineration facility that uses the heat to spin turbines (a standard thermal power plant concept).

    Plastics burn very well with forced air.

    A high temperature incineration facility uses a little bit of natural gas and a lot of garbage in place of coal.

    The Dickerson Plant produces 56 MW of power.
     
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  17. 3FEL9

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    Cuz I was americanized at an young age like everyone else and drank gallons of Coca Cola..

    Thats insane,, a multi billion $ sugar industry bringing poor health world wide
     
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  18. nivek

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    Fake news...

    I'm American and never drank gallons of soda, I rarely have drank the stuff...
     
  19. 3FEL9

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    Its not fake news. It 100 % true.. Coca Cola is US right ? Spending $$$$ on pushing their sugar abroad ?

    You must have had good parents.. or been born smart :)
     
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  20. nivek

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    I meant the bit about Americans drinking gallons of the stuff, I'm sure some do but it's not an American thing even though it's a US company...

    They don't even put sugar in their soda anymore, it's high fructose corn syrup they us as a sweetener...
     

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