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Approximately 1/3 of global ocean surface plastic pollution. This we estimate to be 7,250,000,000 kg.
The essence of The Ocean Cleanup Array is, instead of fighting it, to use the ocean to your advantage.
The gyres are 5 areas in world's oceans where rotating currents create an accumulating mass of plastic, dubbed 'Garbage Patches'.
Moving through the oceans to collect plastic would be costly, clumsy and polluting, so why not let the rotating currents transport the debris to you?
With The Ocean Cleanup Array, an anchored network of floating booms and processing platforms will span the radius of such a gyre.
These booms act as giant 'funnels', where an angle of the booms create a component of the surface current force in the direction of the platforms.
The debris then enters the platforms, where it will be filtered out of the water, and eventually stored in containers until collected for recycling on land.
According to current estimations – due to the plan’s unprecedented efficiency – recycling benefits would significantly outweigh the costs of executing the project.