Giant floating barriers will save the ocean from plastic debris

Floating barrier for garbage collection

The idea of ​​creating floating barriers for catching plastic waste belongs to the young Dutchman Boyan Slat. In the summer of this year the Ocean Cleanup Organization will install the first 100-meter segment in the North Sea 23 km from the coast of the Netherlands.

Floating barriers are considered as one of the most important elements of the concept of collecting plastic waste. By 2020, within the framework of the “Clean Ocean” project, it is planned to install a 100-kilometer V-shaped floating barrier on the way of a giant garbage dump in the northern part of the Pacific Ocean.

Floating barrier for garbage collection

Each such shoulder consists of a screen 3 meters high, which completely blocks the waste that comes in its way, after which they are collected and sent to the disposal point. Experts estimate that a 100-kilometer dam will help to remove up to 42% of debris in the World Ocean within 10 years, which corresponds to approximately 70 million 320 thousand kg of plastic waste.

Boyan Slat

If the experience proves successful, floating barriers will be used in other countries, which will help to collect up to 8 million tons of garbage.

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