Today, engineers from The Ocean Cleanup are deploying a trash collection device that will round-up our ocean pollution and make it more manageable to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. These large floating boots are about 200-feet long or about 600-meters. It will be towed from San Francisco to the midst of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch where it will begin to corral trash so that we can remove it from the ocean.
The Ocean Cleanup was founded by Boyan Slat from the Netherlands while he discovered his passion about cleaning the ocean when he was scuba diving at the age of 16. He says that the plastic is very persistent, adding in that they have found pieces of plastic from the 70’s and 80’s floating around in the garbage patch. The large floating boom also extends vertically by 3 meters to make sure trash doesn’t slip by underneath.
These vessels will come fully equipped with solar lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas which will allow us to locate it at any given time. Once the trash has been collected and rounded up, we will begin to carry that trash out of the ocean. As of right now, The Ocean Cleanup has raised over $35 million and have estimated that by 2020 there will be 60 free-floating booms collecting trash.