Giant Floating Pipe Is Going To Clean Up Plastic In The Ocean

Posted: Oct 20 2018, 7:38am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 20 2018, 7:41am CDT , in Latest Science News


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Massive Floating Pipe is going to Clean up Plastic in the Ocean
Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

The system will start cleaning up the huge area of floating trash known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

A 2,000 foot-long floating pipe, nicknamed Wilson, has been deployed to clean up plastics in the Pacific Ocean. The enormous pipe with a large net attached to its bottom arrived at its destination in the ocean on Tuesday and will soon begin its cleanup mission.

The ground-breaking system is developed by The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by a 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat. Its aim is to remove millions of tones of plastics floating in the vast garbage patches of ocean. According to organization, eight million tones of plastic is dumped into the oceans every year, much of which ends up in five giant garbage patches. The largest is Great Pacific garbage patch, which is located between California and Hawaii. This plastic patch is twice as large as France.

The founder Boyan Slat first became passionate about cleaning the oceans while diving in the Mediterranean Sea eight years ago. He saw pieces of plastic everywhere. Thousands of marine animals die each year after eating or becoming entangled in the plastic waste in the oceans.

“The plastic is really persistent and it doesn't go away by itself and the time to act is now.” Slat said in a statement.

The Dutch innovator decided to get rid of this plastic using long-distance floating barrier. Once deployed, the barriers will target rotating ocean currents and trap some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic swirling in them. Researchers believe that system is more efficient if it is allowed to slowly drift instead of attaching it to the seabed.

Last month, the floating barrier was being towed from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The cleanup system is actually a U-shaped pipe made of plastic and is equipped with solar power lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas. It will frequently communicate its position, allowing a support vessel to collect plastic every few months and transport it to dry land where it will be recycled. The system will start removing garbage this years, two years ahead of the organization's original schedule. Its aim is to remove 50 percent of Great Pacific Garbage Patch in next five years.

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