New Plans to Clean Up the Ocean

[ Image: NOAA ]
If you keep up to date with headline news, you’ve probably heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch at some point in time. It’s an area in the Pacific Ocean, at least the size of Texas, in which the tides and currents allow for the collection of trash and litter from the ocean. Clearly, this is an issue of great concern, but 22 year old inventor Boyan Slat recently proposed a new method to clean it up. This recent idea would cost significantly less than the previous proposal of $320 million, and would collect about 50% of the trash in 5 years, versus 10 years. This new design would act as an “artificial coastline”, and would move all the trash into a central area where it would be periodically removed. Testing a prototype will begin later this year, and full deployment of the technology into the Pacific Ocean could be seen as soon as 2018.

Digital rendering of ocean clean up machine [ Image: Erwin Zwart/The Ocean Cleanup ]
Digital rendering of ocean clean up machine [ Image: Erwin Zwart/The Ocean Cleanup ]