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Boyan Slat, the 20-year-old founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup, has officially announced that the world’s first ocean-cleaning system is set to deploy in 2016.

Photo Credit: The Ocean Cleanup
The Ocean Cleanup has been described as “the world’s first feasible concept to clean the oceans of plastic.” Photo Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

“Taking care of the world’s ocean garbage problem is one of the largest environmental challenges mankind faces today,” Slat stated in a blog post. “Not only will this first cleanup array contribute to cleaner waters and coasts but it simultaneously is an essential step towards our goal of cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This deployment will enable us to study the system’s efficiency and durability over time.”

He says, the system, which involves a static platform that passively corrals plastics as wind and ocean currents push debris through 2000-meter booms, will be the longest floating structure ever deployed in the ocean.

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The world’s first ocean cleaning system will likely be deployed off Tsushima Island in Japan, where city officials are trying to come up with innovative ways to solve plastic pollution. Photo Credit: The Ocean Cleanup

The pilot program will be operational for at least two years in the proposed deployment location of Tsushima island in Japan, where approximately one cubic meter of plastic pollution per person is washed up each year.

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