Wilson, as it is named, is a 600-meter plastic-sweeper set to head to the Pacific Ocean to clean up the notorious floating Great Garbage Patch.
It consists of a 600-meter-long floating tube that sits at the surface of the water, with a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below to catch plastic waste.
Driven by the wind and waves, the system will power around the Great Pacific Garbage Patch gathering plastic like a ‘giant wind-and-wave-powered Pac-Man,’ said CEO Boyan Slat.
Plastic waste collected by the system will be hauled away by a vessel every few months, and taken to land to be recycled.
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We don’t normally reprint articles, but we feel our readers would be interested to know that a solution to clean up the Great Garbage Patch in the Pacific has begun.