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It’s estimated that every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean through rivers, and as global waste generation increases, the problem is poised to worsen. But a host of companies from Baltimore, Maryland to Bengaluru, India are working on the issue, developing novel methods to capture trash from rivers before it reaches the ocean.
The Use of River Trash Interceptors to Stop Plastic from Reaching the Ocean
Based on CNET Story, A nonprofit known as The Ocean Cleanup is continuing its mission of ridding the world of ocean plastic by catching garbage before it makes its way to the ocean. The organisation has introduced new third-generation garbage Interceptors that it says can remove larger amounts of debris more efficiently and at a lower cost. The Ocean Cleanup has set a goal to collect 500,000 football fields worth of plastic debris from oceans and rivers. As of now, it’s reached half that goal, mostly with the interceptors in rivers.
The trash Interceptors
The organisation is installing the floating machines in rivers. They intercept trash by directing floating garbage onto a conveyor belt that then drops the refuse into large dumpster bins onboard the vessels. A small crew later gets rid of the trash.
The Trash Interceptors are moored to river beds and use river current to snag debris floating on the surface. Then they direct the trash onto a conveyor belt that shuttles it into six large onboard dumpsters. The Interceptors run completely autonomously day and night, getting power from solar panels.
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