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Surface Clean-Up Devices Won't Solve Ocean Plastic Problem Alone

"Clean-up devices that collect waste from the ocean surface won't solve the plastic pollution problem, a new study shows. Researchers compared estimates of current and future plastic waste with the ability of floating clean-up devices to collect it – and found the impact of such devices was 'very modest'. However, river barriers could be more effective and – though they have no impact on plastic already in the oceans – they could reduce pollution 'significantly' if used in tandem with surface clean-up technology." - Excerpt from the University of Exeter

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