New system plans to sweep 90% of Pacific garbage patch
Tuesday, September 4, 2018, 5:39 PM - The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization, has launched a beta cleanup system to collect plastic from the oceans, reports Forbes.
According to the organization, there are about 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic on the surface of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is located between Hawaii and California.
The organization has come up with a cleanup system, called System 001,which consists of a 600-meter-long floater and a 3-meter-deep skirt to prevent the plastic in the ocean from flowing over it.
System 001 would also take advantage of natural forces such as the wind, ocean currents and waves to propel the system forward and form a U-shape naturally to concentrate plastic in the center.
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The Ocean Cleanup, a nonprofit organization, has launched a beta cleanup system to collect plastic from the oceans -- Reuters
The cleanup system is also fitted with solar powered-lights, cameras, sensors, satellite antenna along with anti-collision systems.
A support vessel would come by periodically to take out the plastic gathered by the cleanup system, which would then be recycled and turned into products.
This is just the first fleet; the organization eventually plans to launch 60 more fleets in an year or two.
Some researchers worry the system might be harmful for marine life and could trap sea creatures as well, reports Business Insider.
Meanwhile, others worry plastic parts in the ocean might be deeper underwater than the device can reach, and claim it might be a much more complex task to remove such pollutants.