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How Do We Clean The World’s Biggest Patch of Rubbish?

Source: BBC Newsround - May 16, 2017 in Environment

How Do We Clean The World’s Biggest Patch of Rubbish?
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Plastic rubbish dumped in the sea causes big problems for sea life, and can pollute the water we drink.

But a new invention could provide the answer to cleaning up the ocean – by sifting off all the rubbish.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a massive area of ocean in America between California and Hawaii, where loads of plastic waste gathers.

But now a Dutch company hope they’ve come up with an idea that will make cleaning up the rubbish here a much quicker and easier job.

What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

Millions of tonnes of rubbish ends up in the oceans every year, and most of it comes from the land.

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