“It’s the beginning of the end for the Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” the non-profit foundation The Ocean Cleanup tweeted on October 20. System 002, the technology behind the largest ocean cleanup project ever, is officially working.
Two vessels from The Ocean Cleanup came back successful after 12 weeks of testing an experimental trash collection system. Over the course of the trial, System 002 collected more than 63,900 pounds of trash from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, including snow shovels, flippers, toothbrushes by the dozens, and more. If you’re curious, the company posted a video tour of the most bizarre debris found during System 002’s testing.