r/Futurology ∞ transit umbra, lux permanet ☥ Sep 23 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval 1 Silver 3 Helpful 3 Wholesome 4 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Take My Energy 2

A Dutch NGO that has cleaned up 1/1000th of the plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, says its technology can scale up to eliminate it completely. Environment

https://theoceancleanup.com/updates/first-100000-kg-removed-from-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch/
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u/matthew83128 Sep 23 '22

It’s awesome they’re cleaning it up, but it doesn’t really explain where it’s going.

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u/chase_phish Sep 23 '22

At this point we should just dig a deep pit, toss all plastics in there, let the earth turn it back into petroleum and leave it alone.

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u/ArmchairTeaEnthusias Sep 23 '22

Idk how that would work but I’m cool with the idea of taking it all to some used up oil rig and sloshing it back down for the earth to… run it’s course? Not sure if it’s possible but sounds neat

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u/gophergun Sep 23 '22

Considering how deep that would have to be, I don't see how that's easier than normal landfills.