More than 31 tonnes of trash removed from giant plastic waste hub off California

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Ocean Cleanup has recovered more than 31 tons of garbage from the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California since July this year.

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Using a large-scale cleanup system called System 002, The Ocean Cleanup visited an area known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch—a swirling swirl of man-made waste floating between Hawaii and California.

No one knows exactly how much debris is in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, much of it will have sunk to the bottom of the ocean and, since the garbage area is far from land, no country has any responsibility to clean it up. Will not take But here the plastic is breaking down into small particles, which is harming marine life and ecosystem.

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The Ocean Cleanup Charity, made up of 120 engineers, researchers, scientists, has made it its mission to harvest as much plastic as possible from the ocean. They tested the new technology during a 12-week test campaign aimed at scaling up their system to reach the ambitious goal of reducing marine plastic by 90 percent by 2040.

“It’s just the tip of the iceberg,” Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyne Slat said of the ocean’s junk. “In [tonnes] The most important ones we’ll ever collect, because they’re proof that cleaning is possible. We still have a lot of stuff to do, but one thing we do know right now is that with a small fleet of these systems, we can clean it up. “

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The technology removed about 10 tonnes (9,014 kg) at a time during its final test on October 14, which contained plastic bottles, fishing nets, as well as toilet seats, toothbrushes, laundry baskets, sleds and shoes, and other discarded items. .

An improved system, named System 003, is designed to collect even more marine waste – it will be three times larger than System 002. Carbon emissions from the system will be offset by the ultimate objective of reaching carbon neutrality.

To help with its goal, Ocean Cleanup has partnered with offshore and logistics company AP Möller – Maersk, which has a fleet of 708 vessels.

“The health of our oceans is critical to ensuring a healthy planet and environment for future generations, and we are committed to playing our part to protect the oceans and its ecosystems,” said AP Moller, director of corporate communications and sustainability. Vice President Mette Riffes said. – Merex.

According to the non-profit ocean advocacy group 5Gyres Institute, there is an estimated 5.25 trillion plastic (270,000 metric tons) in our oceans. This is less than 1 percent of the plastic produced in a year. This figure is projected to increase to 29 million metric tons by 2040.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / ocean

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