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Story: A fridge, toilet seats, and more than 63,000 pounds of trash.
That’s what a cleanup team recovered in a month’s long effort to chip away at the so-called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive collection of marine debris plaguing the Pacific Ocean.
A half-mile-long trash-trapping system named “Jenny” was sent out in late July to collect waste, pulling out many items that came from humans like toothbrushes, VHS tapes, golf balls, shoes, and fishing gear.
Jenny made nine trash extractions over the 12-week cleanup phase, with one extraction netting nearly 20,000 pounds of debris by itself.
The mountain of recovered waste arrived in British Columbia, Canada, this month, with much of it set to be recycled.