Restoring Integrity to the Oceans (RIO) primary objective is to mitigate the amount of plastic that is going into the World’s oceans and work to significantly reduce the plastic waste in the major waste collection areas in the World’s oceans. In fact, RIO believes we can virtually eliminate the large plastic waste in the major collection areas and drastically reduce the micro-plastic material that exists in the same areas. We are accomplishing this ambitious goal through five primary engagement areas. First, RIO will continue to expand a collection and reclamation effort that will reduce and ultimately eliminate the existing major plastic waste deposits in the oceans. Second, RIO is working to capture plastic waste that is deposited in rivers around the world and prevent it from ever reaching the oceans. Protection of the rivers is the key to significantly mitigating the plastic material flowing into the oceans. Third, RIO is recycling all possible materials that are collected from the oceans in order to use the material in positive ways that will stimulate local economies and prevent reintroduction directly into the waste stream (what many call circular economies). Fourth, we will initiate an education program to help communities all over the world understand the problem with plastic waste in our marine environment, and explain how their everyday activities contribute to the growing epidemic, including creative ways to prevent plastic pollution. Finally, RIO is developing an emergency response program to help mitigate the flow of plastic waste into the World’s Oceans following natural disasters such as hurricanes and tsunamis.
The primary effort for RIO is preventing the introduction of and reclaiming plastic materials from the ocean, which is accomplished through innovative techniques that vary based on the size and concentration of the plastic waste material encountered. The patented methods of plastic pollution prevention in rivers and recovery from the oceans are based on vast experience and history of multiple experts including lifelong boat captains, commercial fishing, oceanography, diving, engineering, and maritime security. The collection processes are flexible and scalable such that they can be integrated onto a variety of vessels from medium and large fishing vessels to offshore service vessels. Similarly, the prevention processes in the rivers are also highly adaptable based on the river or waterway conditions. The varying techniques are easy to modify without interrupting the collection process.
Materials collected from the oceans vary in quality and type of plastic recovered. However, the majority of the material can be recycled in some fashion. Some material is recycled directly into new products or the feedstock for other plastic products while some may be used for recycling into high value petrochemical products. RIO has and is continuing to developed relationships to ensure comprehensive recycling of the plastic material. Furthermore, RIO has long term plans to develop products directly to help recycle plastic waste material and promote recognition and education for reducing plastic waste in the oceans.