OCEAN CLEANUP DEVICE CATCHES PLASTIC FOR FIRST TIME

10/07/2019

A huge floating device designed by Dutch scientists to clean up garbage in the Pacific Ocean successfully picked up plastic for the first time. The device is intended to trap the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an island of trash in the Pacific Ocean three times the size of France, without disturbing marine life. In a previous four-month trial, the cleaning system fell apart and failed to pick up plastic. The Ocean Cleanup project predicts that selling items made from plastic reclaimed from the ocean will eventually cover all operational costs. For the full story, see https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/oct/03/ocean-cleanup-devic….