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The Ocean Cleanup 

The Ocean Cleanup, a Netherlands-based nonprofit organization, has deployed a new ocean-based system for catching plastic in the open ocean. Named Jenny or System 002, this system of booms and barriers measures 2,640 feet long and is designed to corral and maneuver floating plastic and other solid waste items into a catchment net at the system’s rear. The system will be tested for at least 60 weeks in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, an area in the Eastern Pacific Ocean about twice the size of Texas that has high concentrations of floating waste. However, every ocean - including the Atlantic - has similar patches. It is estimated that 1.15 to 2.41 million metric tons of plastic are entering the ocean each year.

It is important to remember that we must all do our part in reducing the amount of waste we generate in our environment, whether that is leading a local trash pickup on the beach or at a park, or doing something as simple as practicing good recycling habits. Recyclable items best suited for your curbside bin include:  

  • Aluminum – Empty/clean cans and aluminum foil.
  • Steel and tin cans – Please rinse or remove contents.
  • Corrugated cardboard boxes – Please flatten, and either cut down or fold to a size of no more than 4′ X 4′ flattened. Staples and tape do not have to be removed.
  • Juice cartons – All drink boxes and milk/juice cartons.
  • Magazines – Including catalogs and printed material with glossy pages.
  • Mixed paper – Brown paper bags, junk mail, envelopes, copier paper, shredded paper, cardboard egg cartons, paper towel & toilet paper rolls, cereal and shoe boxes.
  • Newspapers – Includes all paper that is distributed with or as part of general circulation newspapers.
  • Telephone books
  • Plastics – With the recycling symbol Recycle #1-2 PET and HDPE containers such as beverage bottles, dishwashing soap bottles, shampoo bottles, plastic milk jugs, and detergent bottles. Please rinse and remove food and other contents. Labels, rings and lids on plastic containers are acceptable.

For more info about waste and recycling in the City of Cape Canaveral, please visit: cityofcapecanaveral.org/trash

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