The Interceptor™ Explained | RIVERS

The Ocean Cleanup develops technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic To do so, we need to not only clean up the plastic that is currently there but also stop new plastic from entering the ocean We need to close the tap Most plastic in the ocean originates from
rivers Our research found that 1000 rivers are responsible for 80% of ocean plastic entering the oceans So far, solutions to stop river plastic have been few and designed only for individual locations Until now Meet: The Interceptor Developed by The Ocean Cleanup this is the first scalable solution to prevent river plastic from entering the oceans This is how it works The solar-powered interceptors are strategically located in the river Debris flows into the system, while boats
are still able to pass The barrier directs waste to the mouth of
the interceptor Here, a conveyer belt extracts the debris
from the water onto a giant shuttle The system functions autonomously. Using smart software, the shuttle knows how to steadily distribute the waste into one of six dumpsters located on a separate barge At any time, operators can remotely access the interceptor’s dashboards from anywhere in the world Once full, the interceptor automatically sends
a message to local operators The barge is brought back to shore, emptied for recycling, and reattached for further collection At top performance, the interceptor can extract more than 100,000 kilograms of trash per day Working together with governments and private companies, we aim to tackle these 1000 most-polluting rivers in five years’ time Helping us close the tap and achieve our goal of ridding the world’s oceans of plastic Find out how to help at

82 thoughts on “The Interceptor™ Explained | RIVERS

  1. First. Hehe. Brilliant work to the ocean cleanup crew. This seems like a project that really will work and its brilliant to hear that the first three units have already been implemented on some of the dirtiest rivers in the world. It would be brilliant to have a couple of these along the Thames river as well. Look forward to seeing full implementation in the future. Here’s to the next 5 years.👍🏼

  2. Thanks for cleaning up Asia's mess guys, we're proud of you and support you 👌 👍 💖

  3. Great idea, I hope to see this implemented soon! Would birds be able to escape if they were somehow caught on the conveyer?

  4. That song brings me back. Good job guys, I wish I was smart enough to work with your team.

  5. Why not invent a system that delivers the plastic directly to the land wouldn't that save fuel,manpower and time?

  6. Yes! I always wondered why I didn't hear from a plan from you guys to tackle plastic closer to its source

    If the amount of rubbish is measured, these could also serve to put pressure on local lawmakers

  7. This new project is only publicity for their planned interceptor, using an animated computer program of the idea. The idea is great, but, but, but… it is only an 'idea' with big dreams to attract money. At the end of the day it's all about making money, pure and simple! I am fundamentally an optimist, and always have been, but I am also a realist and can see through money sca**.
    'If' and 'when' Ocean Cleanup can produce 'real' verifiable tangible results to support all their publicity hype, only then will I accept their claims. The major disinformation and problem of Ocean Cleanup's projected policy and plans, is their objective to recycle the collected plastic, send it for reprocessing to make more new plastic products – to make money. And eventually a percentage of the recycled plastic products will find their way into landfills, rivers and oceans, thereby perpetuating Ocean Cleanup's business plan.
    However, if Ocean Cleanup planned for a more environmentally acceptable solution to the end product, i.e., the collected plastic, by converting the plastic through hydrolysis to make oil, which would be contractually sold with legal contact for powering industrial machines, central heating or motor fuel, only then will their projected plans be environmentally acceptable.

  8. Hope people appreciate this. Areas ought to be billed for, or somehow contribute to the cost for the debris that is picked up as well.

  9. Doesn't The Interceptor catch animals like fish in the river ??
    it's important because fish have no chance to escape the system once they are extract from the water

    I remember that this is also a challenge in the ocean system and the problem will be more severe
    since animals can escape the ocean system more easily – at least they are still in the water

  10. How are you gonna tackle the problem of Maintenance? Sure a country buys it, but it will only work with proper maintenance, which in most countries where this system is needed is gonna be neglected..

  11. Great product. United Nations could stop organizing annual conference on the topic where world leaders are flown from around the world and use the money instead to buy to the next 50-100 interceptors

  12. Nice machine. We all love clean beaches.
    This machine can make our beaches clean. A good way to make money and to improve the wealth around the beach regions !

  13. Not really a new idea but definitely a very good iteration to the Mr Trash Wheel –


    My sister vishakha bhardwaj and I have devised a solar powered fully automatic system that can clean solid floating waste from flowing water bodies(mainly rivers).we lost our patience with marine pollution a long ago.picking marine solid

    floating waste manually is inefficient and using boat to do so is costly.

    According to an estimate $13billion a year is losses from damage to marine

    ecosystem, including financial losses to fisheries and tourism.

    Plastic breaks down to micro plastic it then get into food chain increasing

    the risk of human infertility, birthdefects &cancer. 8 out of 10 babies and

    nearly all adults have measurable amount of plastic in their bodies.micro

    plastic are the result of floating plastic waste which is constantly exposed

    to UV radiation and crumbles into smaller smaller pieces.
    We need help to make this project implemented in rivers.
    We had tried to contact different government departments and investors in india but none of them have given any positive response so far.
    Please do reply.
    From india.

  15. question – Who can litter from 50,000 until 100,00 trash a day on a river?

  16. Patented solutioning for climate change, fuel and food security
    There is still time!

  17. Nice video. The only thing that is missing from this is a retarded 14 years old child virtue-signalling while acting like she is smarter than the rest of the world.

  18. I love what you're doing, and you're probably getting something like 90% of plastics out of the ocean but what is the solution for non surface level plastics and microplastics?

  19. The project has been launched in Vietnam. Hope this would help.. all the best

  20. Excuse me well first off great idea ocean cleanup crew but can I ask you a question will fish be affected by this

  21. To clean up the symptoms with interceptors is a fantastic step!!!

    I hope that humanity will continue to plan to change the human behaviour that is causing the pollution: to make cultural changes, changes in the individual mindset, as well as continue to facilitate the world's poorest people to get themselves out of poverty.

    To make the poorest people in the world care about recycling when they spend every waking second surviving, isn't gonna happen. You and I wouldn't waste a second on considering recycling when we need that time to fill our stomachs or those of our children.

    long-term I suggest: clean up the water by cleaning up people's mindsets: the happier the person, the less material stuff they feel like buying and owning. The happier the parent, the happier the child.
    A healthy future can only be based on a healthy mind: hip hip hurray for planet-wide psychological healing!🥳

  22. The Baltimore Harbor Trash Wheel has been doing this successfully and more economically for several years now, and at a lower tech level. How reliable is high tech in some of those 3rd world countries where OC proposes to install their Interceptor? What about interference with navigation? The greatest flow of debris would likely be in the fastest current, which is the deepest channel, which is where boats often need to go.

  23. if we don't litter then there is no problem. There is no need for clean up solution. The problem now is our education failed over decades since they have been told "Do not Litter" but still. Governments should focus on litter policy. There is no point that so many voluntary NGOs and cleaning innovation keep picking at the front while others keep littering at the back. Its a endless cycle. Focus on those specific countries (mostly second & third world) to impose heavy law enforcement on littering when education simply ignored.
    I know a specific local government simply have no solution or not serious to find a solution to stop the large group of illegal immigrants (up to millions of them) when they have no access to the rubbish collection. They occupied all over the river banks and islands shore with squatters settlement. Where do you expect them to throw? Of course straight down to the water. Cityhall posted photos occasionally on clean-up jobs praised by the local folks for job well done. A typical scenario when you dig several small holes behind to fill up a large hole at the front. Assumed you solve the problem.

  24. this is a possible recycling partner for plastic that boyan slat talked about for the plastic he collects

  25. Do the blue containers are suficient to 50.000 kg to 100.000 kg per day? The sms that the system´s sends is only when the system is full or a little earlier? Because it can waste precious time until the operators send a boat to take and put back the containers…

    The idea off the system is great but in some highly poluted rivers may need a diferent system to send the waste to land? Let´s say the same system that takes the waste from the river?

  26. So does the “recycled plastic” really get recycled? I know a lot of recycled plastics don’t actually end up getting recycled so I really hope they’re sending the plastic to a legitimate recycling plant

  27. Thanks God (or whoever you believe in), some common sense here ! THIS is not « modeling the future of climate » on an upside-down understanding of relation between CO2 and T°
    This is not « paid-for » boggey false consensus findings !
    This is real, THIS really helps to deal with a major issue.
    Think of it… How many of these Interceptors we may built and operated with the hundreds of billions USD and EUR, stupidly invested in wind and solar inefficient, unreliable, unsustainable equipments ?
    Congrats guy !
    (Sorry if I make mistakes writing in English. It is not my native langage)
    I’m a Belgian-conservative-true-ecologist !

  28. Are there any plans to tackle the plastic that is already in the ocean? especially fishing nets

  29. what happens with the incoming plastic during emptying? Will there be a second interceptor behind it?

  30. Was this inspired by the Water Wheel "Mr. Trash Wheel" from Baltimore Harbour (Maryland, USA) ?

  31. GREAT IDEA but this is only ,,cure" … we need to PREVENTION … stupid people in those regions are THE PROBLEM …

  32. This is an incredible idea, good luck to the engineering and implementation team. I want to put one on my home river the Fraser River in British Columbia

  33. My tech startup relies on laser cutting to create our plastic products. If you created sheets of plastic ready for laser cutting machines companies like mine would choose to source from great pacific garbage patch plastic in our unique products. This helps you normalize your recycling effort towards producing raw materials instead of fully formed end-user products.

  34. Maybe this question is below but..:
    So there are proper recycling plants in these areas where the “trash” goes? I guess that and the “proper” landfill?

  35. United States should do this too, that is a developed river for countries like Malaysia, Indonesia.

  36. whats happening with the shit that's already in the sea? wont this mean that people will throw more into the river cause they know someone else is cleaning it up. the river has now become a legitimate garbage dump, rather than an secret one. this idea is great engineering though!

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