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Meet the Interceptor! Getting plastic out of rivers – before it reaches the ocean

31 October 19


From The Ocean Cleanup: The Interceptor is The Ocean Cleanup’s answer for river plastic waste. It is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers.

It is 100% solar-powered, extracts plastic autonomously, and is capable of operating in the majority of the world’s most polluting rivers.

Interceptors Deployed:

The Ocean Cleanup currently have two Interceptors deployed and are working with governments all over the world to deploy in more rivers.

Cengkareng, Jakarta, Indonesia

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.

We are looking forward to expanding the cooperation within Jakarta and within the rest of Indonesia in the future.

Klang River, 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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