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July 26 2014

This water wheel is the most promising solution to ocean plastic


The city of Baltimore has installed a solar-powered water wheel that can process 23 metric tonnes of floating garbage every day.

There’s no way to know for sure, but scientists estimate the amount of plastic bobbing around the world’s oceans is around 1 million tonnes - and that’s a conservative estimate. And to make matters worse, much of this waste is accumulating in five large floating islands of garbage, two in the Atlantic Ocean, two in the Pacific Ocean, and one in the Indian Ocean.

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