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Removing plastic trash from the ocean has been a huge struggle. But that's about to change.So far, attempts to clear plastic waste from the ocean have involved ships and nets and just haven't work. According to The Ocean Cleanup, solutions that move through the ocean to remove trash tend to be ineffective and also cause more damage:
"Using vessels and nets to collect the plastic from one garbage patch would take about 79,000 years and tens of billions of dollars. Besides, such an operation would cause significant harm to sea life and generate huge amounts of CO2 and other emissions."That's what makes The Ocean Cleanup so cool. All studies show it's going to work, it's cost effective, and it doesn't kill sea life.
In fact, they are estimating that The Ocean Cleanup could remove half the plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 10 years, costing 33 times less money and happening 7,900 times faster than the old vessel and net method.
This first deployment near Tsushima will give them an opportunity to test out exactly how much trash can be removed, and how quickly, in reality.