Cleaning Up The Pacific Garbage Patch

1) Waste – the Pacific Garbage Patch harms our fish stocks, marine and wildlife biodiversity.

2) News article from BBC News Magazine, entitled “The Dutch boy mopping up a sea of plastic“.

  • Harnessing the ocean currents that sweep plastic waste, an array of floating barriers, anchored to the sea bed would catch and concentrate floating debris.
  • The debris will move along the barriers towards a platform where it can be extracted, while the ocean current would pass underneath the barriers (no nets for marine life to get entangled in).
  • 20 year old Boyan Slat came up with a feasibility report, co-authored by 70 scientists and engineers and is based on extensive testing and computer simulations.
  • The project idea is criticized to focus solely on remediation, rather than prevention. Critics are also concerned about microplastic and other debris that cannot be trapped by this technology.

3) Organizational stakeholders include wildlife and conservation NGOs, engineers and maritime specialists.

4) This technology is still in the testing process – the steps mentioned will consider it as a new technology deployment.

Step 1: Deploy technology on rivers and coastal areas of cities. Track efficiency of device in waste collection to provide multiple time frame data.

Step 2: Publish information on achievements to allow attraction of private and public investors for maintenance and improvement of technology.

Step 3: Scale the technology to be able to trap microplastic and other debris within the pelagic column (water column)


3 thoughts on “Cleaning Up The Pacific Garbage Patch

  1. This technology is a zero emissions technology and the collected plastic will be reused to make new products or oils.


  2. Very interesting post. I really like the idea that no nets are required and marine life will be preserved. I found it also very clever that the collected plastic will be recycled. Regarding the critics, I don’t believe one single technology can solve all problems (remediation and prevention), for remediation this seems to be a very good one.


  3. A crowd-funding mechanism was used to generate capital. Funding was successful due, in part, to the popularity of a TedX talk and associated YouTube video.


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