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Ocean Cleanup's System 001 was towed out of the San Francisco Bay on Sept. 8, 2018. JOSH EDELSON/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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An Engineering Wunderkind's Ocean Plastics Cleanup Device Hits A Setback

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Dutch innovator Boyan Slat poses for a portrait next to the anchors of his plastic collecting system in 2017. The trash collection device deployed to corral plastic litter floating is not capturing any garbage. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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A nearly 2,000-foot-long tube is towed offshore from San Francisco Bay on Saturday. It's a giant garbage collector and the brainchild of 24-year-old Boyan Slat, who aims to remove 90 percent of ocean plastic by 2040. The Ocean Cleanup hide caption

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