River Plastic | RESEARCH | RIVERS


We’re in Guatemala.
We’re focusing on the Montagua river And it’s a river which flows from Guatemala City
towards the Caribbean coast and what we found out is that there is actually one big plastic or debris source near Guatemala City And then it flows down
and we see it stuck on all the banks And close to the source it’s a lot of soft plastics and on the beaches we only find hard floating plastics It’s very important to identify the sources
where is the plastic actually coming from? I think it’s one of the main tasks This is point number one.
This is the start so this is the source, actually The source of the trash Today we’re at the the River Klang
in Malaysia in the state of Selangor It’s one of the major rivers in Malaysia
not only because it’s a fair amount of water but also because it drains the large
metropolis of Kuala Lumpur Which means that unfortunately a lot of plastic waste that is mismanaged ends up Through urban canals
and other ways of transport into the river and that makes it one of the most polluted rivers in the world So, The reason why we do this research is
because we want to know how much plastic is transported
through a river like the Klang You want to know if there’s any variation
over time and space if there’s any response for example through rain events And how it interacts with,
for example, the tide So, what we see here is a significant
amount of debris on every sandbar What we’re doing here is, we’re measuring the
fluxes of plastics in the in the river and we’re doing this by Counting So there’s two students helping us now and they’re literally counting the plastics and they are dividing the plastics which they see in different categories That’s what they’re repeating every half an hour
and that’s what they do for six hours These measurements only give us information
about the amount of plastic items per unit of time So for example the amount
of plastic items per hour But we also want to say something about the
mass of plastic to expect And, for example, the ratio between plastic items or plastic mass and different debris that we find in the river So for example organic debris and in order to estimate that we also deploy small nets it’s a custom made trawl in order to sample the debris that we find in the river so let’s try to do a little bit of active trawling today We have to really maintain its stability today The sampled debris that we take from the
river we analyze in turn and we can say something about the ratio between organic and plastic mass and we can say something about
the polymer type of the plastic that we find because that really says something about
where the plastic comes from We used our net for only 10 to 15 minutes and this is basically what you would typically get So really a laundry basket full of waste of course there’s a lot of organic material as well But there’s so many plastics as you can see There’s toys, there’s like little drinking bottles,
hard plastic rings: very dangerous for fauna etc. A lot of food wrappings
especially these ones, the instant noodle packaging And especially if you
do that for different rivers all over world It helps us to identify the
fundamental principles of plastic transport from land into the river and
from the river into the ocean We’re now at the beach, a very remote
beach What are we going to do here is, we’re gonna do measurements square-meter measurements We put this down on a pile of trash and then we define the amount of pieces
per plastic type I see a lot of the foamy things. See? they’re pretty small they’re all decorated And we also see a lot of the hearts, the peel heart things: the lids And the foamy things so, decorated foams This is the dirty part of the job Only when you’ve been in this places you
really realize the the problem So I think when you’re in the office
and you see these pictures you’re not really aware. You can’t smell it and you
can’t see the size and you can’t see the perspective so how much it actually is And how dirty and how big the
problem actually is… So, only really if the whole scientific
community: students and researchers from all over the world comes together and tries to tackle this problem jointly you can really answer the fundamental
questions that we need to answer to solve this challenge and to move forward
and reduce plastic pollution in every part of the aquatic environment

100 thoughts on “River Plastic | RESEARCH | RIVERS

  1. It's hard to imagine people actually live and work there, and don't feel ashamed of all the damage they do.

  2. When the outsiders start to pick the trash in your own home, it shows how dirty the owner is. As someone who's born and live in Klang, I deeply apologize.

  3. 3:50 he's holding mie sedap plastic wrap. that noodle is my savior when i was a student at Johor Bahru. at least i make sure to properly throw it in a bin

  4. Yes show the world the ugly it wishes to ignore. Stick it right in our faces until we smell it every day and it drives us crazy cuz its too late lol

  5. Now it is time to solicit financing from companies that manufacture plastic products, have them pay for what they cause in the long run.

    Ordinary people are too hard-headed to educate, it ls a waste of time, statistics already have shown that.

    So going to to the root of the problem is the solution.

  6. Iam shocked everytime I see those pictures. And I can not believe that so many people does not care about that. Even here in Germany.
    If someone says that why he should separate his waste, I show them your pictures.

  7. treat people like rubbish, slum housing, no education program, no facilities, running water, sewerage and so on, and this is the outcome.

  8. Seeing those videos of plastic and all sorts of trash in the nature is so disgusting 🙁

  9. Thanks to this company that now I always have a second thought before using plastic bag to carry my groceries

  10. Is better waste infrastructure not the answer? Help countries avoid waste getting in to the river in the first place, rather than cleaning it up once it is there. Obviously cleaning what's already in there is important too, but long term this would be the more scalable solution.

  11. Main source of plastic ain't rivers… IT's corporations like Coca Cola that makes billions selling single use CRAP. We should tax the hell out of them.

  12. How do you separate the organic material from the plastic gathered by the Interceptors?

  13. What do we have to do to fix the system in place that they get rid of waste and "mismanage" waste

  14. Instead of cleaning up others damage can't we just fix the people at the source?

  15. Go even more "upstream" and tackle problem at it's source – plastic manufacturers, also need to invent cheap ways to substitute plastic in consumer products

  16. Governments should be outraged, especially in rich countries sending their garbage elsewhere. The 'super consumer' mindset is careless. I'm looking forward to the day that the Ocean Cleanup retires all its equipment – meaning that it simply won't be needed anymore. But I'm afraid ignorance will prevail for decades to come. In the meantime, keep inspiring us by your actions.

  17. How SICKENING to see how little respect we have for other creatures and for the very source of life!…

  18. People who throw rubbish around, are very ignorant
    Dirty streets, rivers, etc is a sign of ignorant population
    Same applies to households, messy dirty households means people in that household are ignorant

  19. I'm pretty sure that that these people will soon start blaming the trash on global climate and that's because it's where they can get the Billions an Billions of dollars from countries like the America.

  20. When the time comes, there will be a reasonable waste disposal in Malaysia. That's really terrible to see how these people / politicians pollute our planet.

  21. The world should stop using plastic and start using something that will disappear I guess so they work don't become one big pile of trash :/ and what I just said begens right NOW

  22. I started cleaning rivers in Bali, but it was endless. it was worth it and would immediately do it back. any country, but no longer on a hotel, it had really been estimated differently. being a volunteer abroad is not as easy as it seems. but I do want to go back somewhere immediately if that was possible, together strong……divers love

  23. I lived in a city in Guatemala called Esquintla, it also had a literal river of trash running through it. Rats lived on islands of trash. This was nearly 20 years ago. Thank you for starting this company, thanks to all who contribute.

    I also appreciate all the science and research you all do.

  24. I'm not going to blame Malaysia but this plastic is world problem now every Nation is suffering from it ,we need worldwide solution for this

  25. What do we learn with pretty much every of their video? ASIA is a main problem in plastic pollution of water. Where do all these (I mean people like Greta not people from TOC) "clean the world" morons go to whine? To western countries. Money trail is so blatantly obvious…

  26. I pitched in $5/mo. Im broke right now but I will increase my contribution in the future. I love what you guys are doing. I hope more people support you so that we can fix this problem as fast as possible.

  27. STOP THIS WAY of counting… USE nets TO collect THE plastic.. AND COUNT.. YOU WILL clean AND COUNT at the SAME TIME 👈🙏🙏🙏

  28. Solve war, then come to hit me up for $$$ for imposing yourselves on other countries instead focusing on the problems in your own countries.

  29. Really disgusting see these images.
    I can't believe that is normal have this situation.
    Thanks for your research!

  30. to me it's pretty clear that:
    1)plastic in oceans is a problem of developing country. so reducing plastic usage in Norway (for example) has no effect on the problem.
    2)plastic in oceans is not thrown by people, it ends up there because of bad logistic in the waste compartment of some states (asian first)
    3)the interceptors are, because of point 1 and 2, pretty useless.
    4)the only thing we can do is educate the people/governments of these countries in order to treat their waste.

    i was super excited about interceptors, but i've seen your videos and it's pretty clear that they are not working.. and never will..

    p.s. please use a pc and Excell for measurments.. we are in 2019.. writing data in paper sheets is really unachronistic and pretty useless for the analysis

  31. All the team is a huge inspiration for me an my career choice! Keep up the good work!

  32. Tragedy of the commons – The tragedy of the commons is a situation in a shared-resource system where individual users, acting independently according to their own self-interest, behave contrary to the common good of all users by depleting or spoiling the shared resource through their collective action.

  33. I do not understand how the counting of plastic debris is efficient. The usage of net is more efficient than counting from the bridge with a pair of eyes.

  34. These images are just appalling and heartbreaking to know extent. It really does feel like a flash forward to only a few decades in the future somewhere in the west if we don’t fix the problems our species has been creating for itself over just the past couple of decades.

  35. It’s pointless… like washing a turd. You need to cleanse the planet of the human trash first!!

  36. Such a great video! We all thank you for making headway to stop pollution! you are great human beings

  37. Thaaaaaank you guys soooooo much. If you could get high school kids to get involved in all kinds of clean ups they might help train their parents. And people your age to get to the students with pictures and stink bottles and give'm the Greta Effect. Become role models right in their faces. Kids need to help out, but they need to get informed and they are not. We need schooling now wth classes and work credits for climate change with dynamic presenters who reward kids who come up with good ideas.Bless you all.

  38. If we can develop more technology to recycle plastic and make it as a viable business, we can remove alot of this plastic from source. Any one know any company/organization focus on technology to recycle morden trash? ( plastic, electronic, heavy metal…)

  39. This source in Guatemala you show: is that a landfill site which happens to leak a lot of rubbish into the river, or are they systematically, deliberately pushing it into the river? Either way, it's shocking, but if the latter, that ought to be criminal

  40. We need to rid our dependence on single use plastics, companies need to put humanity above profit.

  41. Anyone who thinks plastic is the biggest problem for the oceans needs to be educated. Here is a clue … the amount of CO2 absorbed by our oceans causes acidification which at its current rate will kill most species in 50 years – your lifetime.

  42. Think about it!…. ALL these plastic came from Oil companies who advocated that plastics is the miracle, cheap and clean! They Always avoiding the responsibility to clean it up!

  43. Can the companies with fishing rights in the region sue the dump operators for degrading the fishery?

  44. 0:58 its heartbreaking to see the pollution and that humans throw whatever to pollute

  45. I suppose that asking people for money to re-organize the way trash is dealt with in the first place, just doesn't get their imagination and feelings going.

  46. The source of the trash is the manufacturer, start to let them to pay for the waste management. Then there the manufacturer start to make better packaging. And next is to get better education to all children in the world.

  47. The most important part would be to make pressure to the governments, i mean, it is really sad that solutions do not come from "above"

  48. terrible que uno de los ríos de mi páis Guatemala este creando islas de plastico

  49. When people struggle to survive, concern for the environment isn't as important. Empowering people to earn more quickly pays for concern for the environment.

  50. Why are they talking with smiles and grins on their faces, like its all a lot of fun????? this is an environmental catastrophe !!

  51. Amazing work! But unbelivebel how we treat mother nature!!! I just have the feeling to finish my studyies and then I'm gonna join you guys!

  52. In the not too distant future our descendants will complain about clean water polluting their plastic rivers and oceans.

  53. Boyan slat is the Elon Musk of Green Environment, a pioneer and genious of our times 🙂

  54. Otro problema es que hacer con toda la basura y no creo que la reciclen ya que necesitarias plantas de reciclaje tan grandes que tendria mucho costo por lo cual saldria mas barato hacer plastico que reciclarlo (opinion mia)…

  55. The source of the trash is its production in the first place. We need better options when we shop.

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