A device that is double the size of Texas has been created to clean up plastic floating in oceans. According to a non-profit based in the Netherlands, “The Ocean Cleanup,” the device is able to capture and hold debris that’s bigger than items like abandoned fishing gear and tiny micro plastics that’s smaller than one millimeter.
This device was designed back in December, but with certain issues that wasn’t allowing the system to pick up trash. Now that it’s working, it has been sent to “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch” that is located between Hawaii and California. “The Ocean Cleanup” plans to build a fleet of devices with hopes of reducing the size of the patch in half every five years.