Ocean cleanup device is now detecting plastic, and cleaning it up!
Over a year ago, a group calling them slef's "Ocean Cleanup" began using a huge floating screen to try to clean up plastic pollution in the ocean. After several failures, the group is now collecting plastic.
But the plastic is spread out over a large area, so it’s impossible to collect it piece by piece. Ocean Cleanup’s plan is to gather up the floating plastic pollution, making it easier to remove.
The new addition to the clean up, which now collects plastic.
But Mr. Slat sees the project as an experiment, which means failure is a chance to learn. The team collected and studied lots of information about what worked well and what didn’t. Then they changed the design. In June, an improved version, called “System 001/B” was towed back to the GPGP.
The new version has a parachute attached to it. This makes the system move slightly slower than the plastic, allowing plastic to collect inside, as planned. A floating barrier in front of the main tube keeps the plastic from washing over the tube.