Delft, The Netherlands — Boyan Slat, founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, has announced that the world’s first system to passively clean up plastic pollution from the world’s oceans is to be deployed in 2016. The array is projected to be deployed in Quarter 2 2016. The feasibility of deployment, off the coast of Tsushima – an island located in the waters between Japan and South-Korea -, is currently being researched.
The system will span 2,000 meters, thereby becoming the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean (beating the current record of 1,000 m held by the Tokyo Mega-Float). It will be operational for at least two years, catching plastic pollution before it reaches the shores of the proposed deployment location of Tsushima island. Tsushima island is evaluating whether the plastic can be used as an alternative energy source
The scale of the plastic pollution problem, whereby in the case of Tsushima island, approximately one cubic meter of pollution per person is washed up each year, has led the local Japanese government to seek innovative solutions to the problem.
The deployment will represents an important milestone in The Ocean Cleanup’s mission to remove plastic pollution from the world’s oceans. Within five years, after a series of deployments of increasing scale, The Ocean Cleanup plans to deploy a 100 km-long system to clean up about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, between Hawaii and California. The Ocean Cleanup’s research into the feasibility of its concept indicates that using a single 100 km cleanup array, deployed for 10 years, will passively remove 42 percent of the great pacific garbage patch. The Ocean Cleanup team conservatively estimates this to be 70,320,000 kg. This (conservative estimate) would imply a cleanup cost of € 4,53 per kilo.
Boyan Slat, founder of The Ocean Cleanup: „Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today. Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.“
More information can be found under theoceancleanup.com.
Source: The Ocean Cleanup Team