Massive ocean garbage collector to be tested in North Sea

The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, unveiled its North Sea prototype. (The Ocean Cleanup)

A Dutch foundation working to remove plastic pollution from the world's oceans launched a prototype of a new clean-up system Wednesday in the North Sea.

The Ocean Cleanup unveiled the 100-meter long barrier system, "which acts as an artificial coastline, passively catching and concentrating ocean debris," according to ABCNews.

Though the foundation estimates there's a 30 percent chance the barrier system will break under the harsh conditions, this prototype is a step towards building a 100-kilometer-long ocean garbage collector that the group plans to deploy in 2020 to clean "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

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