A start-up foundation’s massive campaign to rid the oceans of plastic pollution is a step closer to reality after it signed an agreement with a Japanese island city to pilot its innovative method of collecting plastic. The program has been been dubbed the world’s largest ocean cleanup in history and is set to deploy by mid-2016.
The Ocean Cleanup, founded by a 20-year-old Dutch aerospace engineering student, will make use of floating booms to collect plastic waste in the ocean. The method capitalises on the natural flow of the ocean’s rotating currents called gyres which passively concentrate plastics in one location reducing the use of materials and fuel in collection of the waste.
The project is still in development although initial pilots and field trials have been delivering excellent initial results.