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The Ocean Clean Up - 20-year-old brings a new dimension to ocean clean-up

It has been well known for a long time that the state of water around the world is deteriorating and continues to degrade. All over the world, people are thinking about how to slow down and reverse the progressive pollution. A very interesting initiative seems to be a project that is to come into force
Published: June 2, 2015 - 21:36
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 10:54
The Ocean Clean Up – 20-year-old brings a new dimension to ocean clean-up

It has been well known for a long time that the state of water around the world is deteriorating and continues to degrade. All over the world, people are thinking about how to slow down and reverse the progressive pollution. A very interesting initiative seems to be a project that is to come into force in 2016 and was invented by… a 20-year-old!

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Boyan Slat, as he is referred to, is the founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. Yesterday, at Asia’s largest technology conference, the Seoul Digital Forum, he announced that the first passive system to clean up plastic pollution will be launched in 2016.

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The cleaning system will stretch for 2 km, thus becoming the longest floating structure in the world! The whole thing is expected to be launched in the second quarter of 2016 near Tsushima Island, located between Japan and South Korea.

For the next two years, the system will work, collecting plastic waste deposited in the region. After this time it will all reach the coast of Tsushima. They are now looking for the best way to use the collected waste as an alternative source of energy.

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It is not without reason that the project will be implemented in this region. The scale of the problem is enormous, amounting to approximately 1m³ of pollution per inhabitant per year. This is why the Japanese government has decided to take an interest in innovative solutions for waste disposal.

Over the next 5 years, The Ocean Cleanup intends to introduce more and bigger systems. The grand finale is expected to be a project measuring 100km to remove pollution between Hawaii and California

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“The problem of pollution digesting the oceans is one of the biggest challenges facing mankind today. The deployment of the system between Korea and Japan will be a test that will allow us to assess the true value and sustainability of our solutions” – Boyan Slat concludes.

Source: theoceancleanup.com

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Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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