The cleaning of the ocean is started: initial setup complete


De schoonmaak van de oceaan is begonnen: eerste installatie compleet

Boyan Slat

“We are ready for the cleaning to start, tweet The Ocean Cleanup, an initiative of the young Dutchman Boyan Slat. He wants to be the plastic waste in the Pacific Ocean cleanup.

Slat is a 24-year-old Dutchman who, five years ago, The Ocean Cleanup, founded. In september, it was invented in Alameda, near San Francisco, to water left. The installation is 600 meters long, is called System 001 but got the name Wilson. She was 450 miles away in the ocean dragged.

Wilson withstood all tests, and was 1.850 km further, to the afvaleiland Pacific Garbage Patch called. That area is located halfway between California and Hawaii.

The goal is to get the plastic soup in the ocean micro beads to clean up. The amount of waste in the Pacific Ocean is 50 times larger than the area of Belgium, and weighs in at 113 million pounds. Slat wants within five years to halve, and the waste continue to halve until everything is cleaned up. Within a few months the first plastic waste arriving in the port of San Francisco. There is the first to be analyzed, especially to find out where all that plastic just came from, and then by recycling industries incorporated.

Dream come true

For the young Boyan Slat, the Ocean Cleanup a dream come true. He is already doing at the high school and left his university studies for the shoot. “I am with nothing else engaged,” he said in dS Weekblad, ‘I do not agree on and agree to sleep. I dream of it even. But as I’m not so focused was it never happened.’