Massive boom will corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Engineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.
The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom will be towed Saturday from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — an island of trash twice the size of Texas.
The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by Boyan Slat.
The 24-year-old innovator from the Netherlands first became passionate about cleaning the oceans when at 16 he went scuba diving in the Mediterranean Sea and saw more plastic bags than fish.
The buoyant barrier is intended to act like a coastline, trapping the plastic.