Pacific Plastic

  • I have read several garbage cans compete to be the largest in the world, but one of the more practicing is the Bordo Poniente, located on the outskirts of the city of Mexico, whose length is 1000 hectares on part of which are stacked debris until reaching heights of 15 metres. When I read figures about that huge dump I couldn’t less to amaze me and feel regret. They say the statistics that every day is thrown there three times more waste than Bogota and every ten days accumulate there garbage that could fill the stadium Saltlake in Calcutta whose capacity is 120000 spectators for example. Millions of people have already been in one way or another harmed by that disgusting mixture of filth. But the saddest thing of all is not even this. The sad thing is that the Bordo Poniente is a joke to the side of what is has been calling the Pacific trash Vortex or the Gran the Pacific garbage patch or great stain of trash in the Pacific, a kind of plastic mazamorra just below the surface of the Pacific Ocean between California, Hawaii and Japan in an extension for a few calculated as equal to the State of Texas and by others as equal to United States (!), and which comes to have between 10 and 15 meters thick, distributed into two portions, one to the West and another to the East of Hawaii. The American scientist Charles Moore makes calculations of country 100 million tons of debris scattered in this vast expanse, making this huge phenomenon in the larger dustbin, never imagined by humanity.

    This soup is composed of all kinds of plastic waste, polyethylene, bottles and containers, drums, containers of expanded polystyrene, pieces of polyurethane foam, pieces of fishing nets of polypropylene and waste of strands of rope, as well as traffic cones, burners disposable, tires and toothbrushes, cigarette filters, packages of all kinds, among others. They say the misunderstandings that occur in the world 100 million tonnes of compound plastics a year of which 10% will stop the ocean, it is said, around 10 million tons per year, 2 million of them thrown there by large ships, cruise ships and platforms, and the rest coming from the Mainland. The gravity of the problem is not only in the fact that plastic, as we know, no will biodegrade or makes it very slowly, reaching only split into ever smaller pieces to the degree of being able to consume by marine species and birds, and even humans themselves, with appalling consequences that this entails (estimated by Greenpeace that more than one million seabirds and a few hundred thousand marine mammals and turtles die each year by) ingestion of plastics or strangulation), but also, above all, in the fact that plastic production increases and the ocean continues to receive increasingly greater amounts of that, making projections every day more and more disastrous. Unable to collect, impossible to bury in the same place, impossible to treat, impossible to seal inside any kinds of geomembrane, that great soup plastic it will remain rotating and spinning due to the capricious currents, erected in one of the most notorious monuments of humanity, hoping that the technological advances of the world may someday undermine the effects debastadores of its existence. Original author and source of the article