the Great Pacific Garbage Patch covers “8.1 percent of the Pacific Ocean” is also a matter of debate.
Last year, the Ocean Cleanup sent 30 vessels to cross the patch to scoop up micro plastics in fine nets to estimate the extent of the problem.
Most of the debris is large stuff.
also known as the Pacific trash vortex, spans waters from the West Coast of North America to Japan.
things are starting to make trash island there home
The patch is actually comprised of the Western Garbage Patch, located near Japan, and the Eastern Garbage Patch, located between the U.S. states of Hawaii and California.
On a smaller scale, communities can do their part by organizing beach cleanups and switching from petrochemical plastics to organic-based alternatives.
"it would take 67 ships one year to cover that area! At a cost of $5,000-20,000 per day, it would cost between $122 million and $489 million for the year. That's a lot of money—and that's only for boat time. It doesn't include equipment or labor costs. Also, keep in mind that not all debris items can be scooped up with a net."http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/about/media/how-much-would-it-cost-clean-pacific-garbage-patches.html
"The ultimate solution to the global problem of marine debris is not in clean up and removal. The solution lies in prevention—stopping marine debris at the source. That means preventing trash from getting into our oceans and waterways in the first place."http://response.restoration.noaa.gov/about/media/how-much-would-it-cost-clean-pacific-garbage-patches.html
The first solution is biodegradable plastic, make something that could take apart the plastic, Use the Garbage Patch to create new products, Create new collection platforms that will filter the plastics from the water.