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September 10, 2013
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A teen from Holland is proposing a plan that could potentially rid the oceans of plastic in 5 years with a series of floating booms. The booms would be anchored to the sea floor where ocean currents would push the plastic into the arms and eventually into a collection bin where it would be recycled. Patrick Jones (@Patrick_E_Jones) has the rest.

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