The United States Congress mandated that a plastic processing system be deployed aboard all Navy ships by 31 December 1998. As a result of a 21 month research and development program a plastics compress/melt processing system that reduces the plastic waste into storable disks at a 30-to-1 volume reduction was developed. At the same time a completely new type of marine piling was being developed by a US company. The composite marine piling is a structurally reinforced, plastic-composite marine piling fabricated from 100% recycled plastic. The piling is friendly to the environment with no harmful chemicals. The US Navy entered into a cooperative research and development agreement with the piling manufacturer to determine the feasibility of recycling navy ship waste plastic into marine pilings. Recently plastic discs from a US naval vessel were shredded, washed, and reprocessed for us in the core of the piling.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Sea Technology, v 37 n 2, Feb 1996, p 35 [4 p, 5 fig]
  • Authors:
    • March, F A
  • Publication Date: 1996


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  • Accession Number: 00727955
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 4 1996 12:00AM