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.
We are accomplishing this ambitious goal through five primary engagement areas.
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.