Working Solutions

Today, people are starting to pay attention to the plastic problem. In Africa, Kenya has joined a list of nations that ban plastic bags. If you break the rule, you get fined or sent to jail! France said it would ban plastic plates and cups by 2020.

Corporations are helping, too. Coca‑Cola also produces bottled water. It hopes to “collect and recycle” all of its packaging by 2030. Companies like PepsiCo and Unilever have promised to convert to 100 percent reusable or recyclable packaging by 2025.

This plastic is ready to be recycled. 

System 001, created by Boyan Slat, is a floating cleanup system designed to collect ocean plastic.

People like Boyan Slat, 24, from the Netherlands, also make a difference. He vows to clean up a large garbage patch in the North Pacific. His organization plans to build an ocean‑sweeping system to collect trash. Solutions can be found. People can make a difference. Even you!  

San Francisco’s largest recycling plant handles up to 600 tons of materials a day.

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