A great ocean cleanup: New system has successfully collected plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch


Day after day human beings make the life of our planet more and more difficult. Tons of litter is that sad heritage we are going to leave for future generations. But it looks like some rays of light and hope have appeared in such an uneasy situation. Recently The Ocean Cleanup company reported that their System 001/B has successfully collected some plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Dutch engineers have successfully developed a self-contained system that passively catches and concentrates plastic. It submerges to a depth of no more than three meters, which, according to the inventors, allows to remove debris without disturbing the inhabitants of the sea.

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

The System can successfully collect both large volumes of plastic (fishing nets or things like that) and microplastics as small as 1mm!

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

All the collected plastic is piled onto a trawler vessel, which will every few months send it to the shore for further recycling. Thus, the plastic successfully collected in October is supposed to be returned to land in December.

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

Every year, about 600-800 thousand tons of fishing gear are lost in the ocean. Another eight tons of plastic garbage gets into the water from the beaches.

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a garbage whirlpool in the North Pacific. This is where dense arrays of plastic and other waste are concentrated. The spot occupies more than 8% of the ocean area and exceeds the territory of some countries in size. The garbage layer is 30 meters deep in average, and 99% of it is plastic.

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

Photo: The Ocean Cleanup (editorial use)

 

If the system works properly, the inventors plan to clean half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch every five years. Let’s hope it does and no doubt it will make a significant step in cleaning of our planet!


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