Why move through the oceans, if the oceans can move through you?
Instead of going after the plastic using boats and nets, The Ocean Cleanup envisions a network of long floating barriers, which would allow the ocean currents to passively gather the plastic. Once the plastic is concentrated at a central point, it can be collected for recycling.
In preparation for full deployment in 2020, the Ocean Cleanup is working on:
• Engineering and validating its technology through extensive upscaling and pilot testing
• Researching and quantifying the plastic pollution problem, thereby significantly reducing uncertainties about the plastic pollution problem itself