The problem of marine plastic waste, which threatens marine ecosystems and wildlife, is growing,media CNET reported. The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization, is testing new ways to collect and remove plastic from the ocean and recently demonstrated its waste transportation in a live broadcast in Vancouver.
The nonprofit showed 60 large bags filled with plastic waste collected through a floating garbage collection system deployed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The shipment represents the results of the first major collection of Mission One by The Ocean Cleanup.
The organization’s founder, Boyan Slat, outlined its plastic waste collection plan, which involves recycling it as a “beautiful, sustainable product.” Sales of sales revenue from these items will continue to be used for the follow-up of Ocean Cleanup. More information about the product will be released at a later date.
Staff first collected the ocean’s trash through a boat, then sorted, dried, weighed and marked it.
The Ocean Cleanup system encountered some obstacles during its first deployment. On one occasion, the plastic escaped from the trap, but the team adjusted to solve the problem. Some scientists have raised concerns about the system accidentally capturing marine life, as well as plastic and debris.
Recent updates have kept the public updated on the latest developments in Ocean Cleanup’s work. Slat’s ambitious goal is to clean up 50 percent of the “Great Pacific Trash” within five years, but his team will need to deploy a collection of debris catch equipment to do so. The second generation of the system is currently under development.