WORKING TO KEEP THE OCEANS CLEAN
Far from the expected cleanness, the pollution in the ocean has gone beyond the normal control of humans. The excessive discharge of plastics and their related products into the oceans and deep seas has become a major concern not just for the health of humans but that for aquatic life also.
The evidence of such pollution can be seen in enclosed areas of waterways which accumulate most of the trash floating along with the erosion current of the water. The trash concentrates mostly at shore areas of the ocean while makes it easy to become trapped in enclosed areas of the waterway.
Nevertheless, the situation seems different for stagnant water. The trash remains almost the same place it was dumped. But the negative environmental effect remains the same. The humans living within the area are exposed to possible diseases due to pollution. The aquatic lives could suffer the same faith.
Based on the perceived negativities, environmentalists are taking the special task of evacuating the trash that is currently occupying much space on most waters across the globe. Though at a small scale, areas such as the United States of America have recorded significant results in ocean cleanup operations.
Nevertheless, Europe and other advanced regions are already welcoming the idea of getting the ocean cleaned from plastics and it is related trashes.
Boyan Slat is one of the advocates of ocean cleanup in an effort to get the oceans free from plastic trash not just because of their presence in the ocean, it is equally an avenue to gather plastic for recycling purposes. Though not yet a global issue, some NGOs are already in the project just to sanitize the environment and help recycle used plastic trashes to the industries in need of them.
The video below illustrates how ocean cleanup operations are carried out. From the center of the ocean, sets of the flexible floating plastic lines are made up of plastic balls that are held together and laid on the surface of the ocean and they help to gather the trash together as the towing boat moves forward in the direction of the wind.
Based on the design, the flexible floating plastic lines float on the surface of the ocean and bends wherever it is necessary to bend in a way of gathering targeted trash together.
The length is long enough to gather a lot of trash together as well as being able to be controlled. The pipes also have underwater nets that help to gather the trash that is beneath the surface of the water.
In another video demonstration, it has been revealed that a trash-collecting machine has been made to gather plastic trash coming out from the river and prevent them from entering the ocean. In the video display, the ocean cleanup organization noted that the new machine is known as the river trash interceptor that helps to stop plastic from reaching the ocean.
Though a simple water vehicle, the trash interceptor has a trash-collecting unit beneath it where the targeted trashes move into and are gathered together. It is usually positioned on the waterways where the supposed trashes could be coming out from and such are nearby rivers flowing into the ocean. An expert environmentalist noted that the aim is to stop ocean pollution from the basic source.