KTVU: World's first ocean cleanup system to be launched from Alameda, April 18, 2018


ALAMEDA, Calif. (KTVU) - After countless of hours of engineering, and years of testing, the massive cleanup of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean is about to begin.

The trash field comprised of tens of thousands of plastic is estimated at twice the size of Texas. It’s floating in the Pacific Ocean, halfway between California and Hawaii.

"We saw toilet seats. A lot of packaging. A lot of bottles, bags and toys," said Boyan Slat, CEO of a Dutch company called The Ocean Cleanup.

Slat, who is only 23 years old, plans to launch the world's first ocean cleanup system this summer from Alameda.