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The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch project dedicated to removing plastic waste from the world’s oceans, announced on Twitter that it has reached a significant milestone. As of March 2023, the project has successfully removed over 200,000 kilograms of plastic from the Pacific Ocean.
Overview of the Project
The Ocean Cleanup was founded by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat in 2013, when he was still a teenager. Slat became interested in the problem of ocean pollution while on a diving trip in Greece, and decided to dedicate himself to finding a solution. The project aims to develop and implement advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic waste.
How the Ocean Cleanup Works
The Ocean Cleanup deploys a system of floating barriers called “booms” that are several hundred meters long.
The Ocean Cleanup positions the booms in areas where plastic waste accumulates, such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The project’s system utilizes the ocean’s currents to direct the plastic waste towards the barriers, where it traps and collects it. The team then transports the collected waste to land for recycling or disposal.
The System 002/B achieved the project’s most recent milestone by extracting 6,260 kilograms of plastic waste from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during its first extraction of the year.This brought the total amount of plastic waste removed by the Ocean Cleanup to over 200,000 kilograms.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a massive collection of plastic waste located in the North Pacific Ocean. Experts estimate that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch contains roughly 1,800 billion pieces of garbage, with a total weight of approximately 80 million kilograms.The patch is about three times the size of France and is a significant threat to marine life.Read more: Ocean Cleanup Removes 200 Metric Tons Of Plastic From The Pacific Ocean In Video