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Ocean Cleanup Removes 200,000th Kilogram of Plastic From the Pacific Ocean

The Dutch offshore restoration project, Ocean Cleanup, has announced that it has extracted more than 200,000 kilograms of plastic from the Pacific Ocean. The organization's plastic-catching technology, called System 002/B, pulled 6,260 kilograms of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch during its first extraction of the year. The plastic catcher has sweeping booms hundreds of meters long that collect the waste. There are an estimated 1,800 billion pieces of garbage floating in the Pacific Ocean, weighing a combined 80 million kilograms. Ocean Cleanup, a project launched by Dutch inventor Boyan Slat, aims to clean up the world's oceans and seas.

Photo Credit: Joseph Barrientos

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