designed for large-magnitude deployment, covering millions of square kilometers, the solution is a collection of huge floating barriers designed to be placed in center of the circular currents – called gyres – and passively collect the plastic. the rows of barriers to be placed on the oceans surface will essentially work like a giant funnel; while the current flows freely underneath, the booms will catch the floating lighter-than-water debris. once the plastic is concentrated, assisted platforms attached to the barriers will then efficiently extract the plastic from the sea. the waste can then be brought on to land via vessel, sorted and recycled into new materials or oil via pyrolosis. the stationary system is completely safe for marine life and is designed to be almost entirely self-sufficient, predominantly running on energy harnessed from the sun and waves. the ocean cleanup’s research indicates that using a single 100 km floating barrier, deployed for 10 years, will remove 42 percent of the great pacific garbage patch. they estimate this to be 70,320,000 kilogram, which will cost us $5.10 per kilogram.