One of the problems we face today is plastics in seas and beaches around the world.
In recent years, scientists and people concerned about the welfare of our seas and all marine animals have designed and developed some plans to clean them up. In this article we show you the three projects that most caught our attention.
The first one that caught our attention is THE OCEAN CLEANUP.
Boyan Slat, a young Dutch Aeronautical Engineering student, realized while diving in Greece that there was more plastic in the ocean than fish. This led him to raise a revolutionary idea at just 16 to clean the seas.
He dedicated all his efforts to make it possible and created "The Ocean Cleanup" a passive waste collection concept that seeks to take advantage of ocean currents to concentrate plastics and subsequently extract them. To do this, floating barriers 30 km long and 3 m deep with a V shape are placed that concentrate the waste in the center, where there is a platform that will act as a container until a ship comes to collect it every 45 days. The use of these solid barriers will avoid the great inconvenience of nets, where marine living beings are trapped.
According to reports and data collected since the implementation of this great project, it has been shown that in 10 years half of the garbage in the Pacific could be cleaned. Therefore, in approximately 20 years we would have the Pacific totally clean.
Unfortunately, this project has had some problems in the following months after its inauguration, such as the retention of garbage after collection. However, the founder does not plan to give up yet, and as happens in many projects, the expected results do not occur on the first attempt, but this is not an impediment to trying again.
The next project is called: SEABIN PROJECT.
Andrew Turton and Peter Ceglinski are two young Australians who, tired of surfing, sailing and even bathing in the sea with garbage floating around, decided to create the Seabin Project. Something as simple as a garbage can that floats and sucks up waste. This bucket can collect large amounts of plastic bottles, paper, oil, detergent, and even fuel found in our seas. Seabin absorbs the debris on the surface and accumulates it inside the bucket. Once inside they are filtered and a pump returns the clean water to the sea.
The intention of this project is that it is used in bays, fjords, boats or tourist places. It is also a very cheap and comfortable alternative compared to the cleaning boats that we were used to. These young Australians have two clear objectives “One of the objectives is to make Seabin with the plastics themselves collected to capture more, a domino effect. The second goal is to create a world where we don't need gadgets like ours ”.
The last project that caught our attention is THE INNER HARBOR WATER WHEEL.
It is surprising to see how old technologies can also help solve huge modern problems such as the amount of garbage in the sea. "The Inner Harbor Water Wheel" is a giant wheel that lifts garbage from the water thanks to solar energy or the current of the water. Subsequently, this garbage goes to a conveyor belt to end up in a large garbage dump. When the container is full, the garbage is towed to a ship and a new container is put in.
At the moment, it is only installed at the mouth of the Jones Falls River in Baltimore, Maryland. However, experts affirm that it is one of the best ways that have been proposed so far, due to its low cost and its great capacity to process garbage, (25 tons per day).
We hope this article inspires you to create your own garbage disposal project at sea. Tell us in the comments which project you liked the most