The Ocean Cleanup reaches a milestone

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The Ocean Cleanup has now officially removed more than 100,000 kg of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP).  Since deployment in August 2021, System 002 has now collected 101,353 kg of plastic over 45 extractions, sweeping an area of ocean of over 3000km2 – comparable to the size of Luxembourg or Rhode Island.  Added to the 7,173 kg of plastic captured by our previous prototype systems, The Ocean Cleanup has now collected 108,526 kg of plastic from the GPGP – more than the combined weight of two and a half Boeing 737-800s, or the dry weight of a space shuttle!  According to their 2018 study, the total amount of accumulated plastic is 79,000,000 kg, or 100,000,000 kg including the Outer GPGP. Thus, if the 100,000 kg haul is repeated 1,000 times – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be gone.

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