Floating screens that are one metre deep and a hundred kilometres long are expected to remove floating plastic waste from the ocean.
Former TU Delft student Boyan Slat presented his plans for these screens from New York City on 3 June. The installation will be anchored to the ocean floor and placed in an ocean eddy current, Slat expects floating waste accumulate against the screen and to be easily removed in a kink. Slat spent a year testing the feasibility and the experts have provided a positive assessment. He wants to install a prototype in three to four years, and aims to accomplish this by means of crowd funding.