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20,000 Pounds of Trash Removed From Pacific Garbage Patch: ‘Holy mother of god. It worked!’


Story by Andy Corbley

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Published on October 27, 2021 12:53 PM
 
They use computational modeling to predict where and at what speed the movements in the water will be shifting the plastic. The new glasses are the first product to be created from the recovered ocean debris—but they say it will not be the last.
 
"The Great Pacific Garbage Patch can now be cleaned," announced Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat, the wonderkid inventor who's spent a decade inventing systems for waterborne litter collection.

Recent tests on his Ocean Cleanup rig called System 002, invented to tackle the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic pollution, were a success, leading Slat to predict that most of the oceanic garbage patches could be removed by 2040.

Intersections of ocean currents have created the massive floating islands of plastic trash—five slow-moving whirlpools that pull litter from thousands of miles away into a single radius.

The largest one sits between California and Hawaii, and 27-year-old Slat has been designing and testing his systems out there, launching from San Francisco since 2013.

GNN has reported on his original design for the floating device, but his engineering team improved upon it. System 002, nicknamed "Jenny," successfully netted 9,000 kilogramkilograms, or around 20,000 pounds in its first trial.

It's carbon-neutral, able to capture microplastics as small as 1 millimeter in diameter, and was designed to pose absolutely no threat to wildlife thanks to its wide capture area, slow motion, alerts, and camera monitors that allow operators to spy any overly-curious marine life...