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Boyan Slat Unveils the Ocean Cleanup Interceptor

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Boyan Slat, a young Dutch entrepreneur and his group, The Ocean Cleanup, have invented an ingenious collection barge to clean plastic debris from our oceans
  • During its test run, the collection barge collected macro and micro plastic debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch
  • In October, The Ocean Cleanup unveiled a solar powered device called the Interceptor to remove plastic waste from rivers
  • Of the world's 100,000 rivers, 1,000 are responsible for most plastic that reaches the oceans. Interceptors have already been deployed in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Klang, Malaysia
  • The Interceptor may be the lowest cost way to remove plastic pollution and is especially cost effective in coastal countries where tourism and fisheries industries are prevalent

Boyan Slat, a young Dutch entrepreneur, and his group Ocean Cleanup have invented an ingenious collection barge to clean plastic debris from our oceans. When their barge, called System 001/B, was tested in June 2019 in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — the first plastic-ridden area Slat planned to tackle — it worked successfully.

The patch, a trash vortex between the West Coast of North America and Japan, is twice the size of Texas. During its test run in the Garbage Patch, System 001/B captured visible pieces of plastic debris — sometimes called macroplastics — large ghost nets used with commercial fishing and even microplastics in its haul.


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