19 year old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From Oceans

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. The device consists of an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms that could be dispatched to garbage patches around the world. Instead of moving through the ocean, the array would span the radius of a garbage patch, acting as a giant funnel.

The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, Ocean Cleanup Array, Boyan Slat, pacific garbage patch, garbage patch, plastic fibres, plastic foodchain, plastic recycling, TED, gyresThe angle of the booms would force plastic in the direction of the platforms, where it would be separated from plankton, filtered and stored for recycling.

At school, Boyan Slat launched a project that analyzed the size and amount of plastic particles in the ocean’s garbage patches.

His final paper went on to win several prizes, including Best Technical Design 2012 at the Delft University of Technology. Boyan continued to develop his concept during the summer of 2012, and he revealed it several months later at TEDxDelft 2012.

Slat went on to found The Ocean Cleanup Foundation, a non-profit organization which is responsible for the development of his proposed technologies. His ingenious solution could potentially save hundreds of thousands of aquatic animals annually, and reduce pollutants (including PCB and DDT) from building up in the food chain. It could also save millions per year, both in clean-up costs, lost tourism and damage to marine vessels.

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It is estimated that the clean-up process would take about five years, and it could greatly increase awareness about the world’s plastic garbage patches. On his site Slat says, “One of the problems with preventive work is that there isn’t any imagery of these ‘garbage patches’, because the debris is dispersed over millions of square kilometres.

By placing our arrays however, it will accumulate along the booms, making it suddenly possible to actually visualize the oceanic garbage patches. We need to stress the importance of recycling, and reducing our consumption of plastic packaging.

Source: Inhabitat

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31 comments

  1. With gratitude, wishing you and your team Many Blessings along the way. I'm sure it is so.

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  2. Garbage Barges been going to sea for decades......GOOD LUCK in your endeavours.

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  3. good at least someone is doing something about it instead of just put more in the sea and turn their back and let someone else do the job.
    if every one put some thoughts into helping with something am sure that the world would be better place to live in for all

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  4. Even if it's not perfect right now they should go ahead a put the best version in place and improve on it over time or even replace it with something better if that comes along. I hope they just don't sit on this like the sky scrapper size wind turbine that's pointed down to suck pollution out of the air. I'm really tired of being disappoint with us (humans). We use to conquer problems, not bend to the negative "that's never gonna work" people who only want flying cars. I could care less about a never gonna happen flying car. Now I'm getting negative - time to stop and go meditate. *sigh*

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  5. I think that anything that we could do good for the better of our planet is surely better than nothing at all and for sure there's always room for improvement. It's a start. We may not be here for ever or alive to see the progress of this project, but by being the example of this generation it will enroll generations to come to do the same in taking better care of our planet. A vision has already improved matters today,starting progress in the right direction.

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  6. Countries like America have no right to dump garbage into the ocean do they really think it all sinks to the bottom no they don't they just don't care as long as its out of site how would they like it if all of the plastic was collected and dumped on there beaches

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    1. You're ignorant.

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    2. It's not just America...

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  7. Anonymous @ March 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM
    You say that as if America is the only country who dumps garbage into the ocean. You obviously aren't aware that the garbage in the oceans isn't only from America!

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  8. crowd fund, world wide crowd fund, crowd fun and get going. Good luck.

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  9. With a younge man like boyan the planet has a great chance

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  10. If you could sell the plastic for recycling at a profit you could really clean up.

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  11. Maybe people should rethink going on cruises because they just dump all of their trash into the ocean rather than bring it back to port to dispose. They do it at night so their passengers don't know it is happening.

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    1. So does the Navy.

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    2. The US Navy dumps biodegradable trash; stuff that will decay quickly. Plastics and other non-degradable items are held until the ship returns to port.

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    3. Shhh the internet is where ignorant people can levy grievances against the evil American empire... providing actual facts that contradict the negative perception of the USA is counter productive. ;)

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  12. This guy has my support. Humans need to know what we are doing to our planet and to do something about it.

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  13. Boyan you are an absolute legend !!!!

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  14. Please!!! America is not the only country who dumps garbage into the sea! We probably have stricter laws and regulations that a number of other countries. I won't buy fish/seafood from Walmart and other stores which lists the country of origin as China, Taiwan, or Japan because of contaminated fish farms and oceans! I wish Boyan and his plastic clean up much success. I was raised near the Atlantic Ocean and used to get upset at the junk that washed up on her shores.

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  15. 1)The Germans do not pay their loans signed
    2)Allemands ne paient pas leurs prets signes
    3)I tedeschi non pagano i loro prestiti firmati
    4)Los alemanes no pagan sus prestammos firmados
    5)Os alemaos nao pagan seus emprestimos assinados
    6)Οι γερμανοι δεν πληρωνουν τα υπογεγραμμενα δανεια τους
    7)Немцы не платят кредиты подписаны
    8)الألمان لا يدفعون ديونهم وقعت
    9)德国人不支付他们的贷款签署
    10)Tyskerne ikke betale sine lån signertν
    11)De Duitsers niet betalen hun leningen
    12)Germanii nu platesc creditele lo
    לא משלמים את ההלוואות שנחתמה13)


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  16. This has weighed heavily on my heart for years. All the aquatic life that gets entangled and dies from our lack of consciousness. Power to you.

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  17. Nice design. I wonder whether he or anyone else has come up with a viable way to separate the plastic particles so that they can be cost-effectively recycled.

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  18. so when it gets full, hwo do they empty it? and how does it all get into that little square in the middle ?

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  19. oh i read it, i foudn my answers, Good creation i am sure the animasl will appreciate it

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  20. How Do I share this on my fb Page?

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  21. Look great in a lake.. How will it stand natures powers ov the ocean...?

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  22. Great. as long as serious after thought has gone into the garbage bin clean up concept not becoming pollution itself... like what happens if it breaks etc. hopefully not another bit of garbage that has to be cleaned up if not properly designed . But I am sure this has been decently designed into the equation already .Best of luck ,

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  23. its a neat idea, but 95% of the plastic is submerged, floating beneath the surface. needs some further ideas.

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  24. Great job.........

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  25. If they start an engin like this, humans most be selfless, desinterested about polution in ocean,... it's like dustman in streets now : a nth cigarette in the street don't shock.

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