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.
The current then further helps move the river waste onto the Inceptor’s conveyor belt, which continuously extracts the trash from the water. Then it delivers the waste to the shuttle. The shuttle then automatically and equally distributes the waste into six dumpsters until they reach full capacity. The distribution levels are detected by a data sensor.
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Before the Interceptor reaches full-capacity, it automatically sends a text to the local operators to collect the waste. The Interceptor’s barge is moved to the river’s edge where the operators empty the dumpsters and send the debris to local waste management facilities, and then return the barge back into the Interceptor.