The Interceptor is a river going vessel that extracts river debris autonomously using river currents and a conveyer belt system.
TARGET USERS: Government
KEY CONSIDERATIONS: The Interceptor currently has two vessels in operation, but seek local partners to reach the goal of tackling plastic in the 1000 most polluting rivers by 2025.
MORE INFORMATION: https://theoceancleanup.com/rivers/
Rivers feed ocean plastic pollution; they are the arteries that carry waste from land to the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup found that 1000 rivers are responsible for roughly 80% of the pollution. To rid the oceans of plastic, we need to not only clean up what is already out there, but also stop new plastic from entering the ocean.
The Interceptor is The Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste. A solar-powered river going vessel, The Interceptor extracts plastic autonomously, and is capable of operating in the majority of the world’s most polluting rivers.
Here’s how it works:
The Interceptor can extract 50,000 kilograms of plastic per day.
Other solutions tasked with collecting plastic waste debris from waterways include The Shoreliner, Storm X Trap, River Watch and the Seabin, among others.
The very first Interceptor, our prototype, is currently deployed in the Cengkareng Drain in Jakarta. The Ocean Cleanup met with members of the government of Indonesia for the first time in 2016. Jakarta was chosen as the starting place since DKI Jakarta already conducted cleanup operations in rivers here.
Klang, Selangor, Malaysia
The Klang River runs through Kuala Lumpur. According to our research, the Klang River is one of the 50 most polluting rivers worldwide.
The local government recognized the Interceptor as a welcome addition to their own cleanup efforts, using barriers in the river to stop the plastic flow to the ocean. The Interceptor helps to improve the cleanup efficiency, making for quicker and more scalable cleanup. The intention is to deploy more cleanup systems throughout Malaysia.
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