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This buoyant waste trap cuts ocean cleanup time

May 16, 2017, 7:03 AM EDT
(Source: Jennyvids/flickr)
(Source: Jennyvids/flickr)

The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation that has been developing technologies to remove plastic waste from oceans, recently revealed a breakthrough design improvement in its buoyant trash trap system, which would allow the company to pull out half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years.

The system relies on natural oceanic currents, which deposit the waste plastic at the center of a curved network of long floating barriers, writes Design Boom. The trash is collected and shipped to the shore for recycling.

Boyan Slat, the engineer behind the concept, hailed the new, modular technology, adding that it will make the cleanup faster, better and cheaper, notes The Ocean Cleanup.

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