Discovered between 1985 and 1988 by a man on a yacht by mistake, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch or sometimes called the Pacific trash vortex… is a collection of plastic and floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California.
It is now three times the size of France.
The Ocean Clean Up is going to start cleaning it in days.
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
Their system consists of a 600-meter-long floater that sits at the surface of the water and a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system and prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt stops debris from escaping underneath. This will be used to mock a coast line.
Both the plastic and system are being carried by the current. However, wind and waves propel only the system, as the floater sits just above the water surface, while the plastic is primarily just beneath it. The system moves faster than the plastic, allowing the plastic to be captured.
The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years’ time. The concentrated plastic will be brought back to shore for recycling and sold to B2C companies.
The revenue gained will help fund the cleanup expansion to the other four places on the planet with this problem.