Dyson’s Massive Floating Trash Vacuum Could Clean Up Our Rivers

James Dyson’s has an idea for a new form of sucking machine—one so large it requires an entire barge to house it.

The idea here is to let a giant water-going vessel free and allow it to “mine” rivers of all the floating junk that’s been tossed away into waterway everywhere since man first invented plastic bottles and tin cans. The potential M.V. Recyclone barge, as it’s known, would unfurl nets and pull ’em back in laden with trash

Then, it would separate its catch, shredding plastic waste as it came in, for eventual recycling. This large-scale Roomba is only a concept at the moment though, with Dyson taking the opportunity to promote his cyclonic home vacuums—did you know he made vacuums?—in his design brief.

Still, it’s a pretty neat idea, and seems like it could be an incredibly effective ways to clean up our rivers. Let’s hope it happens. [FastCo via The Verge]

via Dyson’s Massive Floating Trash Vacuum Could Clean Up Our Rivers.

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