Ocean Cleanup, a marine cleansing company that launched a program last year to clear California’s Pacific Dump, has just announced a new device for a river-based plastic trap, The Interceptor, that captures plastic before it enters the ocean. At a press conference on October 26th Chief Executive Boyan Slat unveiled Interceptor, which will clean up the world’s 1,000 most polluted rivers.
According to the press release, the target river “contributes” 80 percent of marine plastic pollution, with the goal of completing the cleanup by 2025.
The Interceptor is a large, scalable device that can be fixed to a riverbed to automatically capture plastic as it flows through it. The group says interceptors can extract 50,000 kilograms (about 110,000 pounds) of waste per day and have the potential to collect up to 100,000 kilograms of waste per day under “optimized conditions”. The device is designed to be environmentally friendly and powered by solar energy, while lithium-ion batteries allow it to work day and night without noise or exhaust gas.
Ocean Cleanup’s The Interceptor has been installed and commissioned at two sites, Jakarta, Indonesia, and Barson, Malaysia. The organization said the third system would be shipped to Can Tho in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and a fourth to the Dominican Republic.