Cleanup Set to Begin at the Great Pacific Garbage PatchMarie Donlon | September 06, 2018
This Saturday, the nonprofit organization The Ocean Cleanup will embark on a 1,000-nautical-mile journey to begin cleanup efforts at the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
Located between California and Hawaii, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is home to nearly 1.8 trillion pieces of trash as well as other garbage that has formed a floating island of debris that is double the size of Texas.
To help with the cleanup efforts, the organization is taking along its System 001, which is a system of floating plastic tubes that are held by floating anchors sitting on the ocean’s surface, capturing and collecting plastic and other waste.
Although a durable nylon screen attaches underneath the system so that it also captures plastic below the surface, it has been designed so as not to ensnare marine life as well.
Transported by tug boat, the almost 600-m-long tube is designed to capture the debris while a support vessel arrives periodically to take the debris from the device's nets.
The goal of the initiative is to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch of 50% of its debris in five years.
Depending on its performance, as many as 60 additional units could be deployed, skimming the ocean for trash, in another year and a half.
The technology is detailed in the accompanying video, which appears courtesy of The Ocean Cleanup.