Hey there everyone,
Almost exactly 1 year ago (June 3rd 2014) Boyan Slat – a 20-year-old Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup (just 2 years younger than me, wow) – gave the long-awaited sequel to his 2012 TEDx Talk and announced that his organization will be deploying a world first by next year: the first system to safely remove plastic waste from oceans.
See also: THE OCEAN CLEANUP – What We Do
“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” said Slat. “This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.”
The structure he has designed will float, buffered along by the oceans’ currents, and snare plastics and other debris, which will then be picked up via a conveyor belt.
At over 2,000 meters (6,561 feet), this debris-trapping system will be the longest floating structure in the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy the floating structure off the coast of Japan in early 2016, where it will be in operation for at least two years.