Infographics: Floating trash collector targets Great Pacific Garbage Patch
September 11, 2018 12:05 AM NPT
The Ocean Cleanup, an ecologically minded tech startup, plans to gather up and recycle millions of tonnes of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean. The Ocean Cleanup Project will sail out of San Francisco Bay on a mission to gather up millions of tonnes of plastic floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, using a specially designed 600-metre-long sea sieve.
The brainchild of 23-year-old Dutch college dropout Boyan Slat, a giant U-shaped “floater” will stay on the sea surface, while a 3-metre-deep “skirt” dangles below the waterline. Wind and waves push the sieve faster than the current that is propelling the plastic waste, allowing it to corral the detritus for pick up by support vessels. The plastic will then be taken ashore for processing and recycling into new products.