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Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

Updated : October 27, 2019 04:25 PM IST

A young Dutch inventor is widening his effort to clean up floating plastic from the Pacific Ocean by moving into rivers, too, using a new floating device to catch garbage before it reaches the seas.
The 25-year-old university dropout Boyan Slat founded The Ocean Cleanup to develop and deploy a system he invented when he was 18 that catches plastic waste floating in the ocean.
Slat said he believes 1,000 rivers are responsible for some 80 percent of plastic pouring into the world's oceans and he wants to tackle them all in the next five years.
Dutch inventor unveils device to scoop plastic out of rivers

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