Environmentalists removed more than 40 tons of trash from the Pacific — and it barely made a dent

Environmentalists have removed more than 40 tons of plastic from the Pacific Ocean.

The group, Ocean Voyages Institute, said the cleanup mission was the “largest and most successful ocean cleanup to date” in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The patch, between Hawaii and California, is the biggest concentration of floating debris in the world.

Using satellite and drone technology, the crew removed trash including detergent bottles, plastic furniture and children’s toys. They also collected fishing gear called “ghost nets,” with one weighing 5 tons and another weighing 8 tons. “Ghost nets” are massive nets of nylon or polypropylene that drift and accumulate plastic debris.

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