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A floating boom designed by a Dutch inventor to catch a huge island of floating plastic in the Pacific Ocean is now working.

Key points:

  • The floating boom travels along ocean currents at the same speed of floating plastic, while a surface anchor slows the boom down to allow it to catch plastic
  • The boom is being deployed at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of floating plastic rubbish twice the size of Texas
  • The news follows a number of setbacks for the project


Boyan Slat, a university dropout who founded The Ocean Cleanup not-for-profit, announced the floating boom was skimming up waste in the ocean between California and Hawaii, with sizes ranging from a discarded net and a car wheel complete with tyre, to chips of plastic measuring just 1 millimetre.

After a number of initial setbacks, the results were promising enough to begin designing a second system to send to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area of floating plastic rubbish twice the size of Texas, Mr Slat said.

But he sounded a note of caution, saying: "If the journey to this point taught us anything it is that it's definitely not going to be easy."

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