The Ocean Cleanup Successfully Catches Plastic in Great Pacific Garbage Patch

System 001/B Captures Plastics in All Size Classes – from Microplastics to Ghost Nets

Rotterdam, the Netherlands – October 2, 2019 – The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, announces today that its latest ocean cleanup prototype system – System 001/B – is successfully capturing and collecting plastic debris. After one year of testing, the organization’s engineers have succeeded in developing a self-contained system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch that is using the natural forces of the ocean to passively catch and concentrate plastic, thereby confirming the most important principle behind the cleanup concept that was first presented by its founder and CEO, Boyan Slat, at a TEDx conference in October 2012. For more details, see the full press release.