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Source: The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup Heads To The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

By Kristin Hunt

The Ocean Cleanup is finally ready to set sail on its maiden voyage. After several weeks of testing, the 2,000-foot-long system is heading to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where it will begin hacking away at the massive floating trash heap.

The Ocean Cleanup officially launched System 001 on Saturday, September 8 in a much-hyped ceremony at the San Francisco Bay. A boat towed the collection of tubes 240 nautical miles offshore into the Pacific Ocean to prepare for assembly and a series of tests. The company posted the results of the "Pacific Trials" on Friday, October 5 — and it appears the Ocean Cleanup is ready for action.

The Ocean Cleanup is the work of Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old Dutch entrepreneur. Slat was inspired to fight ocean pollution after a visit to Greece when he was still a teenager. He was shocked to see so much plastic clogging the seas, and set out to invent a solution.