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Video: Strangest objects found in the Pacific Garbage Patch by The Ocean Cleanup

Founder Boyan Slat demonstrates strange objects removed during the most recent trial, including toilet seats, a fridge, fake fish and helicopter parts

author icon By APB Staff | 12 November 2021

Dutch non-profit organisation The Ocean Cleanup continues on its mission to clear the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and raise awareness of the problem of plastic pollution. Trials of its new large-scale waste-clearing device, System 002, (nicknamed Jenny) are ongoing. The U-shaped 800-metre system collects several types of floating rubbish, including large containers, fishing nets, and microplastics in a large arm, which moves through the water at 1.5 knots and gathers plastic in its funnel-shaped net. A crew hauls the plastic out of the water, where it is sorted and recycled back on shore.

The garbage patch is the largest accumulation of ocean plastic in the world, with Ocean Cleanup estimating it encompassing over 1.8 trillion pieces. On its first trial in early October, Jenny collected hauled 9,000 kilograms of rubbish out of the Pacific Ocean. Facing down his sceptics, who argue that we should be focusing on eliminating plastics at the source, Founder Boyan Slat estimates that a fleet of around 10 Jennys could clean up 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within five years.

System 002

Slat recently revealed some of the strangest objects that Jenny has removed during the most recent trial, including toilet seats, a fridge, fake fish and parts from a helicopter.  “It’s like modern-day archaeology, and it’s really shocking,” he says. Watch the video above.

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