Plastic and oils: two sides of the same coin

River Cleaning is a state-of-the-art project for the collection of waste floating along watercourses; not only physical, but also liquid.

We have talked about the problems related to plastic, in particular the incorrect disposal of plastic. River Cleaning is an avant-garde project with a high technological and above all ecological value, in a green-economy perspective.

Among the various issues addressed, we have also touched on the problem of its production from the raw material from which it is produced: oil. As we have seen here, the production of plastics uses about 8% of this raw material with a considerable ecological impact during production.

The extraction, transport and use of oil (and its derivatives) has repercussions on the environment that can be aggravated by accidental or even malicious spills, leaks or spills.

Over the years, there have been very serious cases of oil spills into the environment, such as the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, which generated quantified environmental damage of more than $17 billion[1].

In a recent research[2], based on the analysis of more than 2,500 individual fish representing 91 species living in 359 locations in the Gulf of Mexico, following the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010, scientists found evidence of exposure to oil in all, including typical fish species such as tuna.

The environmental and economic damages caused by the loss of oils and pollutants is huge and falls on everyone: from citizens to institutions, from the environment to all organisms.

It is therefore necessary to act promptly in case of accident and especially by establishing preventive protocols against these dangerous contaminations, with advanced systems that allow to stem the loss and protect the environment and health.

Precisely for this type of environmental risks, River Cleaning, with its experience in the design of advanced systems for the collection of floating waste, has developed and patented an innovative system for the collection of oily substances along watercourses: the River Oil System.

The River Oil System provides a series of floating and autonomous devices able to intercept pollutants at the water surface and filter them by separating them from the water itself. This system provides the same advantages of River Cleaning and even proposes itself as an integration of the already promoted mobile dam.

Preventing further damage to an environment and territory already heavily deteriorated by unregulated human activities, is important and fundamental for us.



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[1] Richard C. Bishop, Kevin J. Boyle, Richard T. Carson, David Chapman, W. Michael Hanemann, Barbara Kanninen, Raymond J. Kopp, Jon A. Krosnick, John List, Norman Meade, Robert Paterson, Stanley Presser, V. Kerry Smith, Roger Tourangeau, Michael Welsh, Jeffrey M. Wooldridge, Matthew DeBell, Colleen Donovan, Matthew Konopka, Nora Scherer. Putting a value on injuries to natural assets: The BP oil spill. Science, 2017; 356 (6335): 253 DOI: 10.1126/science.aam8124

[2] Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Data Managed by USF Libraries

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