The M.V. Recyclone barge is a concept designed to suck up plastic and other trash from rivers and seas.
Designer James Dyson has proposed a floating barge concept that uses similar cyclone technology to that found in his signature vacuum to suck up plastic and other floating trash from bodies of water.
The M.V. Recyclone barge is designed to first capture floating trash in a large net. It then sucks up the trash inside where it is shredded, processed and separated by types of plastic.
Dyson first wrote about the Recyclone barge in an article on Time, and hopes it can become a tool that can help clean up the earth’s waters. It can be used for cleaning up rivers to reduce the amount of trash that gets washed out into the oceans. According to Dyson, “by focusing on the polluted rivers, the M.V. Recyclone could tackle a concentrated stream of plastic, catching it before it spreads.”
The barge is still a concept and Dyson admits that it would still need to be prototyped, tested, and refined several times before it can become a reality.