Trash accumulates in 5 ocean trash patches, the largest being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California. If allowed to circulate, plastic will impact our ecosystems, health, and economies.
Solving it requires a combination of ending the generation of garbage and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean.
It is estimated that with the help of dozens of additional barriers, the system will clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the first five years.
Research shows that most of the plastic in bulk is currently in the largest rubble. By removing the plastic, although most of it is still large, we prevent it from breaking down into dangerous microplastics.
Combining cleanup with onshore source reduction paves the way to a plastic-free ocean by 2050.
A serious, global initiative was finally launched to start cleaning up plastics in the oceans.
It is led by the civil organization Ocean Cleanup, who will invest 20 million dollars to start this ambitious project to remove 1.8 billion plastic objects that float as part of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”, the largest garbage island in the oceans.
This plastic can be reused or recycled by Ocean Cleanup.
Its operation is very simple: it is a floating system that was launched in San Francisco Bay and will undergo several tests over a few weeks to be put into action. It is a system of small floating barriers that will contain the plastics and allow them to be dragged to the mainland.
Ocean Cleanup was founded in 2013 by 18-year-old Dutch inventor Boyan Slat. Its mission is to develop "advanced technologies to eliminate plastics around the world."
The system, with the help of dozens of additional barriers, is estimated to clean up half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the first five years, with the capacity to trap up to 150,000 pounds of plastic per year as they float along the streams. between California and Hawaii.
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