Meet the Interceptor, The Ocean Cleanup’s 100% solar-powered solution for cleaning up large-scale river plastic waste. The Interceptor, which has a catamaran design, prevents plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers by autonomously extracting plastics. Utilizing the current, the first step is to guide and then collect river waste.
Over 5 trillion pieces of plastic currently litter the ocean and accumulate in five ocean garbage patches, including the largest one – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. This concentration is located between Hawaii and California and is reportedly polluted with 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic. While a massive undertaking, the Ocean Cleanup team has a plan.