Meet “The Interceptor”, an autonomous boat that helps to pick up plastic waste in waterways.
According to The Ocean Cleanup, the creators of the project, 80% of the world’s river pollution is caused by 1000 most polluted rivers.
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Powered 100% by solar energy, the smart boat can autonomously collect up to 50 tons of waste per day and can operate 24 hours a day.
Placed at strategic locations, the barrier of the boat directs floating waste. which is then picked up and dumped in one of the 6 dumpsters.
Once the dumpsters are full, the on-board computer sends a message to local operators to take out the dumpsters and empty them for recycling.
Currently, two of these machines are already in use in rivers in Indonesia and Malaysia.