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Sun Jun 23, 2019, 06:48 PM

Device to trap plastic waste in Pacific Ocean relaunches

Updated 11:14 pm CDT, Saturday, June 22, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) A floating device designed to catch plastic waste has been redeployed in second attempt to clean up a huge island of trash swirling in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.

Boyan Slat, creator of The Ocean Cleanup project, announced on Twitter that a 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom that broke apart late last year was sent back to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch this week after four months of repair.

A ship towed the U-shaped barrier from San Francisco to the patch in September to trap the plastic. But during the four months at sea, the boom broke apart under constant waves and wind and the boom wasn't retaining the plastic it caught.

"Hopefully nature doesn't have too many surprises in store for us this time," Slat tweeted. "Either way, we're set to learn a lot from this campaign."

More:
https://www.chron.com/news/us/article/Device-to-trap-plastic-waste-in-Pacific-Ocean-14030804.php

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