It Took On the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Now It’s in Pieces.

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It set sail from San Francisco Bay in September amid excessive hopes and greater than slightly fanfare, its vacation spot the Nice Pacific Rubbish Patch.

The aim was for the enormous floating growth to make a dent within the huge archipelago of plastic that’s choking the seas between California and Hawaii.

However this week, the nonprofit group that developed the growth mentioned it will be towed again to port — in two items.

“We’re, in fact, fairly bummed about this,” the Dutch group, the Ocean Cleanup, wrote on a weblog chronicling the machine’s triumphs and travails.

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