Ocean Cleanup's redesigned system successfully collects plastic

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The Ocean Cleanup's plastic-catching system is now collecting and retaining plastic debris from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for the first time, the non-profit organization announced on Wednesday.

The Ocean Cleanup redesigned its cleanup system earlier this year and added a parachute in order for the system to collect plastic at a more consistent speed.

System 001/B uses a parachute to allow natural winds and waves to move plastic into the system to prevent the plastic from floating out of the cleanup system. The system's plastic-collecting screen has been moved forward to prevent fracturing to its floating barrier.

Ocean Cleanup explained on their website that the organization added bigger floats to the system's corkline in order to increase buoyancy. These are stacked on top of one another to prevent plastic waste from floating to the middle of the plastic-collecting screen and the floating barrier.

In a news release on Wednesday, the organization explained that the system has successfully collect large pieces of plastic waste and ghost nets that are typically used for fishing. The system was also able to collect microplastics as tiny as one millimeter from the Pacific Ocean.

The plastic will eventually be returned to land for recycling.

Ocean Cleanup said they will start designing its next cleanup system, System 002, which will be able to collect and retain plastics for longer periods of time.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. New Ocean Cleanup system with the parachute
2. How the parachute works in the system
3. Plastic-collecting screen in the new clean up system
4. Bigger floats for the redesigned system
5. Fishing nets are present in the plastic waste collected by the system
6. The system has also collected microplastics
7. Plastic waste being taken for recycling

VOICEOVER (in English):
"The Ocean Cleanup redesigned its cleanup system earlier this year and added a parachute in order for the system to collect plastic at a more consistent speed."

"System 001/B uses a parachute to allow natural winds and waves to move plastic into the system to prevent the plastic from floating out of the cleanup system."

"The system's plastic-collecting screen has been moved forward to prevent fracturing to its floating barrier."

"Ocean Cleanup explained on their website that the organization added bigger floats to the system's corkline in order to increase buoyancy."

"These are stacked on top of one another to prevent plastic waste from floating to the middle of the plastic-collecting screen and the floating barrier."

"In a news release, the organization explained that the system has successfully collect large pieces of plastic waste and ghost nets that are typically used for fishing."

"The system was also able to collect microplastics as tiny as one millimeter from the Pacific Ocean."

"The plastic will eventually be returned to land for recycling."

SOURCES: New Atlas, The Ocean Cleanup,The Guardian, CNN
https://newatlas.com/environment/ocean-cleanup-starts-capturing-plastic-great-pacific-garbage-patch/
https://theoceancleanup.com/updates/into-the-twilight-zone/
https://theoceancleanup.com/updates/the-ocean-cleanup-successfully-catches-plastic-in-the-great-pacific-garbage-patch/
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/03/ocean-cleanup-device-successfully-collects-plastic-for-first-time
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/02/tech/ocean-cleanup-catching-plastic-scn-trnd/