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Gato
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Dec 5th, 2017 07:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's easy to feel an affinity for our furry friends, and for wild horses and the whales, and so on.
But every year 300 million tons of unwanted orphans are cast into the sea ... used and then abandoned.

If we could each make a commitment to adopt just one ton a year of plastic bottles, bags and packaging, why ....we'll have the oceans cleaned up by 2196 or so.

What you do with your 2,000 lbs of plastic is your business. As long as you don't put it back in the ocean, or send it to a landfill.

Perhaps we could come together and see that it gets shipped to that scowling Hermit Kingdom north of the 38th parallel?

More where that came from

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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Dec 5th, 2017 09:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I remember when there were no plastic bags or bottles. Maybe we need to go back to that time.

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Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Dec 5th, 2017 10:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I live at the beach and walk our beach trail almost every day. Sadly I see this first hand. Everyone is welcome to come on down and share our beach, but please pack out your trash.

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Dec 5th, 2017 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'd love to see a push back starting with disposable packaging like what meats and lunchmeat come in from the store. Waxed paper worked just fine, we don't need millions of immediately disposable plastic bags and shrinkwrap.

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Dec 5th, 2017 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Waxed paper worked just fine"

And as kids we used it to "slick up" the slide at the playground for lightning descents. Try that with plastic bags!

(Mom: "where's all my wax paper .... I just bought another roll of the stuff.")

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Dec 5th, 2017 11:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've read there are "islands" of floating trash that measure miles across out in the Pacific ocean. So sad. This earth is killing itself. Or, we are killing this earth.

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Dec 5th, 2017 11:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"One word, Ben: 'Plastics!'"

I guess all the Bens took their word for it.

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Dec 5th, 2017 12:07 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"And as kids we used it to "slick up" the slide at the playground for lightning descents"

Did that same thing myself as a kid!

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Dec 5th, 2017 01:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The local contingent of tree huggers in my town were successful in forcing us into a recycling program -- which, of course, I get billed for every three months. I am obligated to throw all my plastic into a big *plastic* container for pickup every week. Whatever doesn't fit in the container must be put into a green *plastic* bag -- which the town sells for 2 bucks a pop.

I assume our resident know-it-alls have stumbled on the secret to getting rid of all this crap without dumping it into a landfill or the ocean. I'm off the hook.

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Dec 5th, 2017 02:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Plastic bags & bottles. They're polluting our waterways and killing off wildlife.

I remember back when I did a WESTPAC cruise in 1969 on the US Ranger. The Navy would throw tons of trash off the fantail. I was shocked at the at the sight of all the floating bags of garbage.

I was in a helicopter rescue squadron. We flew before and after the carrier launches in case a plane went down and a rescue was needed. One evening after the evening meal and all the floating trash was being thrown off the fantail, there was a man overboard call. We had the helicopter in the air in under five minutes. It was getting dark then. To make matters worse, everyone was throwing life vests into the water so the guy cound grab one. These vests all had saltwater activated lights on them. I would be lowered into the water to investigate each bobbing light and each lump of trash. Almost two hours of being lowered in and out of the water, we never found the guy. A sad day for all. And we got the evil eye from the ship's crew because we couldn't find the guy. We tried and I nearly caught my death of a cold.

Sorry, I got a little off the topic there.

(This message was last edited by JAFO at 04:47 PM, Dec 5th, 2017)

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Dec 5th, 2017 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Our little suburb started a recycling deal about 10 years ago till the folks they contracted with to pick it up and haul it off when the price dropped through the basement for the plastic. They just took the metal and resold that and baled the plastic bottles up and stacked them behind city hall. By the time officials noticed there was an acre of the stuff out there. Then the contractor told them to stuff the whole mess without a price hike. It took several months to line up another contractor for it all.
By that time it was a sight to see. Huge mess!

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Dec 5th, 2017 04:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“And as kids we used it to "slick up" the slide at the playground for lightning descents. Try that with plastic bags!”

I rubbed my uncle’s violin rosin on the bottom few feet of the slide, and sat back to watch the fun.

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