Ocean Cleanup Extracts 20,000 Pounds of Trash From Pacific Garbage Patch

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An ocean cleanup device has been able to extract 20,000 pounds of trash from the Pacific Garbage Patch…

Boyan Slat, a Dutch inventor, founded the nonprofit, The Ocean Cleanup, with the aim to remove 90% of floating ocean plastic by 2040. 

And now the organization has made a start with their new device as it has removed 20,000 pounds of it.

The organization first created a cleanup device designed to catch plastic back in 2018, but unfortunately, the prototype broke in the water.

The following year, they then tried again and released an updated model which was more successful, but still not right, the Business Insider reports. Despite its success, The Ocean Cleanup estimated that to clean up the oceans, hundreds of devices would be needed.

But now, the organization has tried their latest model, nicknamed Jenny, and it has proved to be the most successful of them all.

Jenny was launched into the Pacific Garbage Patch, a trash-filled patch of ocean between Hawaii and California in August, and last week it successfully returned to land with the collected rubbish, without breaking.

The Ocean Cleanup said in a tweet that Jenny had been able to haul 9,000 kilograms of trash out of the Pacific Ocean.

In order to work, Jenny is towed through the water, and rubbish is pushed towards the net by the ocean’s current. Every few weeks, crews then bring the nets out of the water where the trash that has been collected is emptied and returned to land.

The news was welcomed by many, especially Slat who tweeted: “It all worked!!! Massive load. We’ll try to get the footage to land ASAP to share.”

Slat estimates that to clean up around 50% of the Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years, the organization would need 10 Jennys, Business Insider reports.

Fingers crossed that this will help us tackle the plastic polluting our oceans.