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Better to light a single candle than curse the darkness
So turning plastic into fuel "isn't going to make much difference." How much difference would it make if it wasn't done at all? Right. None. As to that figure of 26 million tons of plastic available, does that take into consideration all the plastic that is currently in landfills all around the country or the plastic floating in that Texas-size island in the Pacific? There is one in the Atlantic and who knows where else. (Weight estimate of ocean plastic is at 315 billion pounds or roughly 155 million tons http://news.discovery.com/earth/how-much-plastics-is-in-the-ocean.html.) If it's OK to trek to the far reaches of the earth, to the poles and into the depths of the oceans for oil, why is it not OK to mine the waste plastic that is also in those places? No one has said it's not, but looking at the potential sees things in a new light.
Edited by justajo
Updated - 27th Aug