06:03 GMT +319 November 2018
Listen Live
    The launch of the first ocean cleanup system.

    WATCH First Ocean Cleanup System Launched in San Francisco Bay

    © Photo: YouTube screenshot
    Environment
    Get short URL
    4111

    Scientists have prepared the first system that is set to clean up the 80,000 tons of plastic floating in a vast area of the Pacific Ocean.

    After years of development, the cleaning project by the non-profit organization Ocean Cleanup started its work on purging the ocean of plastic garbage on September 8.

    The 600-meter long device uses tidal patterns to drift into areas of high plastic garbage concentration, forming a V-shaped barrier to net trash that can later be collected and recycled. Fish and other sea creatures can swim beneath the nets.

    READ MORE: Floating Sieve to Tackle Great Pacific Garbage Patch in September (VIDEO)

    If the system proves successful, the company will launch a fleet of such devices to clear most of the ocean's waters.

    Related:

    New Zealand to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags in 2019 - Prime Minister
    Plastic-Free Island: Taiwan to Ban All Single-Use Plastics by 2030
    Second-Century Bible Passages Unearthed in Egyptian Garbage Dump
    Driver Throws Garbage on Roadside, Locals Teach Him a Lesson
    Tags:
    cleaner, plastic, plastic ocean, garbage, Ocean Cleanup, United States
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik