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Engineers set to sea Saturday to deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world's largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.The buoyant, U-shaped barrier made of plastic and with a tapered 3-meter-deep screen, is intended to act like a coastline, trapping some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic that scientists estimate are swirling in that gyre but allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it.Leonard said 8 million tons of plastic waste enter the ocean annually and that a solution must include a multipronged approach, including stopping plastic from reaching the ocean and more education so people reduce consumption of single-use plastic containers and bottles.He added that on Sept. 15 about 1 million volunteers around the world will collect trash from beaches and waterways as part of the Ocean Conservancy's annual International Coastal Cleanup.Volunteers last year collected about 10,000 tons of plastics worldwide over two hours, he said.
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