Environment: a boat leaves to clean the Pacific from its plastic waste

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Ocean Cleanup technology consists of a 600-meter long float on the surface of the water and a skirt 3 meters deep below.

Instigated more than five years ago, the Ocean Cleanup project will finally begin the ocean plastic cleaning in the North Pacific Ocean after multiple tests. The first floating dam designed to capture the plastic located in the sea will be launched! Indeed, in the assault of the continent of plastic, a ship pulling a large innovative flotation device, intended to clean the oceans of plastic waste, left San Francisco (USA), Saturday, September 8th.

This ambitious project, led by Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit organization, aims, within five years, to empty half of the “large garbage area of the Pacific” (GPGP), floating garbage can twice as big as France, halfway between California and Hawaii.

The vast “plastic extractor” is heading for the Pacific Ocean, where millions of pounds of waste have gathered to form what is called the “seventh continent”, Composed solely of plastics. This vortex of waste is harmful to the fauna and flora. The system, invented by 24-year-old Dutchman Boyan Slat, uses natural ocean forces to catch and concentrate plastic.

The young Dutchman developed his cleaning system, called System 001, for duty in high school. This passive device uses the forces of the ocean with a long arm of 600 meters and forms a “C,” floating on the sea.

System 001 is located near a shipyard in the San Francisco area. A tug must leave on Saturday around 20:30 Belgian time to bring the arm in the vortex of the waste of the North Pacific, a vast “plastic soup” which is between California and Hawaii. The launch will be broadcast live.

Gather the plastic floating on the surface

The notion of “seventh continent” has never been so meaningful, as plastic waste continues to accumulate over and over again in the ocean gyres. The largest of these piles of garbage is in the North Pacific Ocean and has been targeted for a few years by the project The Ocean Cleanup.

The floating discharge is about three times the size of France. It is made up of some 1,800 billion pieces of waste, which together weigh approximately 80 million kilos. Four other large piles of similar debris exist elsewhere in the oceans. Together, they still make 80 million pounds of rubble and plastics.

Ocean Cleanup

Credits: YouTube Capture / TheOceanCleanup

After five years of preparation and small-scale testing, “this is the culmination of all our efforts,” said Boyan Slat, CEO and founder of Ocean Cleanup, 24.

The float must gather the plastic that floats on the surface of the oceans so that it can then be picked up and recycled. This float ensures the system’s buoyancy and prevents the plastic from escaping overhead, while the skirt prevents debris from escaping underneath, Ocean Cleanup explain on their website¬†https://www.theoceancleanup.com

ocean plastinc cleaning
Credits: YouTube Capture / TheOceanCleanup

 

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