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Melting plastics

  1. May 6, 2013 #1
    What would happen if I trawled one of the oceans garbage patches (say the great pacific or atlantic garbage patches) and put everything I trawled into a furnace with an inert gas hot enough to melt the majority of plastics I picked up, what would be the outcome?

    I am looking to know more about why certain types of plastics may not combine with others into a big mold.
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  3. May 6, 2013 #2


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    You would be making a big mess which you wouldn't be able to recycle.
  4. May 8, 2013 #3
    Would the plastics still form 1 solid?
  5. May 9, 2013 #4


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    Hard to say. Most likely yes, but not a homogeneous one. As SteamKing wrote, all you will get would be something messy.
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