Ridding rivers of plastic waste
The Ocean Cleanup unveils plan to address the main source of ocean plastic pollution: rivers. The project aims to tackle the 1,000 most polluting rivers, responsible for about 80% of ocean plastic pollution, before the end of 2025.
On October 26, 2019, The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch non-profit organization developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic, unveiled its invention to prevent the unrelenting flow of plastic pollution into the world’s oceans. The Interceptor™, under development by The Ocean Cleanup since 2015, complements the organization’s founding mission by attacking the flow of plastic garbage at its source, the world’s vast network of rivers.
The Ocean Cleanup’s research established that 1,000 of the world’s 100,000 rivers (1%) are responsible for roughly 80 percent of the garbage entering the oceans.
“To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up the legacy and close the tap, preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place. Combining our ocean cleanup technology with the Interceptor™, the solutions now exist to address both sides of the equation,” said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.
The Interceptor™ is the first scalable solution to intercept river plastic pollution and can be deployed around the world. It is capable of extracting 50,000 kg of trash per day – even reaching 100,000 kg per day under optimized conditions. Four Interceptors™ have been built to-date and two systems are already operational in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Klang (Malaysia).
Since 2009, Adessium Foundation has supported organizations and initiatives that develop solutions for the global plastic pollution crisis. The enormous size of the plastic problem requires a systemic approach, whereby Adessium primarily encourages preventive strategies aimed at reducing the use and production of plastics. This transition requires a long breath; curative interventions are therefore also needed in the short term, aimed at waste management and processing.
From that analysis, Adessium contributed to the development of The River Cleanup, a project of The Ocean Cleanup. A substantial part of the plastic in the oceans is supplied by rivers. This project prevents it from reaching the oceans.