Great to know people who get out on the water are collecting it!
Sorry to hear you noticed an increase on the water last year. I have seen less litter on the beach each year. Of course, there is always some, and any plastic litter is too much!
Arpilas can be reused many times. Over time, the plastic begins to break apart, and shred into slivers. Sunlight speeds the process. So get a replacement arpila to take on the water whenever that starts to happen. Small plastic slivers are extremely challenging to collect when they land on the beach.
Arpilas are challenging to find. People use them to collect aluminum cans, and then sell the aluminum to the recycling truck. I use them to collect several recyclable materials, and in the past couple of years have had to scramble to find them.
Perhaps, reciladoras could save arpilas for reuse as they process recyclable materials for shipping to end markets, if they empty the arpila contents. The new green group of which you spoke, and of which I am happy to be a part, will look into that!
Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Lots of plastic can be recycled, but as far as our group knows at the moment, arpilas cannot be recycled. When they can no longer be reused, they are pure trash. Arpilas that have begun to deteriorate can still be reused for some things, as long as the slivers are not let loose into the environment, and certainly NOT taken on the water in that state!!
Keep up your great work, and thanks!!
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