Each year, at least 8 million tons of plastics leak into the ocean — which is equivalent to dumping the contents of one garbage truck into the ocean every minute.
Today New Zealand has joined the United Nations-led CleanSeas campaign to rid our oceans of plastic. Minister Sage signed a pledge showing New Zealand’s commitment to the global CleanSeas campaign at the Volvo Ocean Race Village in Auckland. More than 40 other countries have already signed up.
“Turtles and other wildlife are being killed by litter in our oceans. Also the issue of microplastic in our oceans and its effect on the food chain is a concern for all species and is a potential risk to human health. New Zealand is proud to be joining this campaign to stop this from happening,” Ms Sage said.
According to Boyan Slat, the increased efficiency of the system, allows for the cleanup of half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years.
Dutch foundation The Ocean Cleanup announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch with a new concept: Floating Screens. The new developed technology is based on floating ‘anchors’, instead of the initially planned fixed anchors.
Series of floating anchors (two black structures) are to keep the screen in place.
You find a trace of cans, bottles, packs, plastic carrier bags and packaging for fast food along popular hiking paths and even in the middle of the forest.
A safe and harmonious society is a clean society, says Sander van Walsum. Every day he picks up litter and cleans roads and parks for the society! A self made volunteer that can’t stand the increasing mess in the community.
Along the way I pick all sorts of rubbish. Most of it are packaging materials and plastic bags.