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Marine Debris Prevention

Dump no waste

Photo Credit: David Shankbone

Marine Debris may seem overwhelming, but there are plenty of solutions to stop the flow of trash into our oceans.

Here are a few simple things you can do to prevent marine debris.

When on Land:
When at Sea:
Marine Debris Recycling Programs
Fishing for energy

Hawaii’s Nets to Energy Program and Partnership brings a unique solution to pollution. It turns salvaged marine debris into energy! When debris is removed from the ocean, instead of taking up space in a landfill, it is cut into small pieces and burned at an H-Power facility.

Burning debris creates steam, which generates electricity. One hundred tons of debris can power 43 homes for a year. Since the program began in 2002, more than 800 tons of debris has been collected. Instead of staying in the ocean and fouling engines or ensnaring animals, this debris is being put to great use!

Hawaii’s Nets to Energy Program and similar programs around the country are supported in part by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program, which works to conduct research, create beach clean-ups, increase public awareness, and restore habitats. This program currently supports more than 140 projects around the United States.

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