Great Pacific Garbage Patch - updates

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'The Ocean Cleanup' ship sweeps first Pacific plastic

Oct 05, 2019 - 2:34 PM

The project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, involves a supply ship towing a floating boom that corrals marine plastic with the aim of cleaning half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within 5 years

Dutch environmental activist and innovator Boyan Slat attends the presentation and the unveiling of his prototype of The Ocean Cleanup project in Scheveningen on June 22, 2016. The Ocean Cleanup, Slat's innovative Dutch project aiming to gather up the millions of tons of plastic in the oceans' great garbage patches, unveils its prototype on June 22 which will be trialled in the North Sea ahead of its expected deployment in 2020. Remko de Waal / www.anpfoto.nl / ANP / AFP

The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of the infamous garbage patch within 5 years when all systems are deployed

OCEAN CLEANUP! Ocean Cleanup's System 001 is towed out of the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California on September 08, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Floating anti-plastic waste dam to be tested in North Sea

Dec 30, 2015 - 11:24 PM

The floating barrier uses currents to passively ensnare waves of garbage – while allowing fish and other sea creatures through

PLASTIC TIDE. A rubbish collector gathers floating plastic garbage in Manila Bay. Photo by EPA/Ritchie B. Tongo