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Shocking footage shows the world’s largest rubbish dump as cleanup intensifies at a fungus-infested site twice the size of Texas.

Shocking footage shows the world’s largest rubbish dump as cleanup intensifies at a fungus-infested site twice the size of Texas.

Shocking images have exposed the world’s largest rubbish dump, comprising 100,000 tonnes of everything from discarded fridges to children’s toys.

The Great Pacific Waste Zone spans 620,000 square miles – an area twice the size of Texas – and the majority of waste comes from China, Japan, Korea and the United States.

The pile of aquatic waste was first detected 1,200 miles west of California in 1997 and has since expanded across the ocean, threatening marine life while releasing toxic microplastics into the ocean. atmosphere.

However, since 2019, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup is on a mission to change that through a $189 million project to conquer the artificial float over the next 10 years.

“We’re taking it out of the ocean while we can,” Matthias Egger, the association’s head of environmental and social affairs, told DailyMail.com. “In reality, what we are doing is preventing an ecological time bomb.”

Shocking footage shows the world’s largest rubbish dump as cleanup intensifies at a fungus-infested site twice the size of Texas.

Shocking drone footage has exposed the world’s largest rubbish dump from above – including 100,000 tonnes of everything from discarded fridges to children’s toys.

Egger said Ocean Cleanup was the brainchild of diver Boyan Slat several years ago, who founded the nonprofit after becoming frustrated at finding “more plastic than fish” in the beautiful Mediterranean waters. .

They started with the world’s largest pile of waterborne waste, known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

In the early years, they focused on developing revolutionary technology capable of clearing areas the size of a football field every five seconds.

The machine, known as System 3, nicknamed “Josh” by developers, extracts foreign objects from the ocean without harming natural marine life swimming in the same area.

“The System 3 machine, which is 2.2 km in size, routes all the plastic into what looks like a large bag,” Egger told DailyMail.com.

Asked how the machine manages to scrape the ocean for trash while leaving small fish unharmed, Egger added: “That’s the hardest part.

“When we developed the first version of the machine, we asked fishermen: ‘If you had to produce the worst fishing net possible, how would you do it?’

Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this gigantic pile of plastic spans 620,000 square miles, an area twice the size of Texas.

Known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, this gigantic pile of plastic spans 620,000 square miles, an area twice the size of Texas.

The pile of floating trash was first detected 1,200 miles west of California in 1997, and it has since spread across the ocean, threatening marine life while releasing toxic microplastics into the ocean. 'atmosphere.

The pile of floating trash was first detected 1,200 miles west of California in 1997, and it has since spread across the ocean, threatening marine life while releasing toxic microplastics into the ocean. ‘atmosphere.

Since 2019, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup has been on a mission to change that through a $189 million project to defeat the man-made ocean monster over the next 10 years.

Since 2019, the nonprofit Ocean Cleanup has been on a mission to change that through a $189 million project to defeat the man-made ocean monster over the next 10 years.

Egger explained that the system was designed to provide large escape routes for marine life, which can swim to the bottom, without losing the plastic that tends to float to the top.

He added that it is also programmed to emit a sound that repels marine life, including dolphins and whales, so they are unlikely to come close.

“Even if an animal gets into the system, there are holes and it can breathe before it finds an escape route,” he said.

Egger added that teams use “plastic forecasts” every day to determine where “hot spots” are, based on ocean movements and weather conditions.

He said 80 percent of waste is discarded fishing equipment from developed countries, mainly China, Korea, Japan and the United States.

“We thought that most of the plastic found in the ocean comes from land,” Egger told DailyMail.com.

“But what we find is that most of the plastic coming from the land and flowing into the ocean stays very close to the river and on the beaches.”

“Sometimes we hear in the media that plastic pollution comes from developing countries that do not have the infrastructure to properly dispose of their waste,” he added.

“But we find that the majority of waste in the Great Pacific is made up of items from highly industrialized countries.”

Egger said the majority of plastic removed from the ocean can be recycled — and Ocean Cleanup has partnered with Korean automaker Kia, which uses the waste to build electric vehicles.

Egger said the majority of plastic removed from the ocean can be recycled — and Ocean Cleanup has partnered with Korean automaker Kia, which uses the waste to build electric vehicles.

The association's head of environmental and social affairs, Matthias Egger, explained that the system was designed to provide large escape routes for marine life, which can swim to the bottom, without losing the plastic that has tendency to float upwards.

The association’s head of environmental and social affairs, Matthias Egger, explained that the system was designed to provide large escape routes for marine life, which can swim to the bottom, without losing the plastic that has tendency to float upwards.

Egger said Ocean Cleanup was conceived several years ago by diver Boyan Slat, who founded the nonprofit after becoming frustrated with finding

Egger said Ocean Cleanup was conceived several years ago by diver Boyan Slat, who founded the nonprofit after becoming frustrated with finding “more plastic than fish” in otherwise waters. magnificent of the Mediterranean.

Egger said the “biggest problem” with ocean trash comes when it starts to break down into toxic microplastics.

“They’re so small they go everywhere,” Egger said. “They get into fish, into the air, into the water – and they are very difficult to get rid of.”

“Much of the oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean. Microplastics in the air also cause faster climate change.

Egger said the majority of plastic removed from the ocean can be recycled — and Ocean Cleanup has partnered with Korean automaker Kia, which uses the waste to build electric vehicles.

He said that in the future, large-scale data collection efforts behind the scenes of cleanup could help hold countries accountable for their green commitments by tracking their waste production, while “waiting for us” in the climate crisis.

Recently, an international group of scientists discovered a waterborne fungus that was eating away at waste, which was detailed in a new study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

The fungus was discovered among the murmuring layers of other microbes that live in the pile of hanging plastic, and it is only the fourth known marine fungus capable of consuming plastic waste.