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Spokeswoman: Barge carrying marine debris could arrive in Seattle as early as Aug 5

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JUNEAU, Alaska — A barge carrying marine debris collected on Alaska shores could arrive in Seattle for sorting and recycling as early as Aug. 5.

That's according to state Department of Environmental Conservation spokeswoman Candice Bressler. Debris that's not recycled will be taken by train to an Oregon disposal site.

Bressler says crews Tuesday were expected to finish loading debris collected on Kayak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. Bressler says the barge will then do pickups from Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, before setting off for Vancouver, British Columbia.

The large-scale barge project is funded in part with $900,000 from Alaska's share of a $5 million gift from the Japanese government for the cleanup of debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Crews began loading the barge July 15 in Kodiak.

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