Gulf A Twenty-five-year old university dropout Boyan Slat has invented a solar-powered boat that aims at cleaning trash from the rivers itself before it finds its way to the seas. He founded the ocean cleanup make a system that traps all the plastic waste in the ocean. The stage following this will be the Interceptor, which is a vessel that attempts to rivers clean up as well.
Slat’s organization had been criticized in the past as their attention was only towards the plastic trash that is floating across the oceans.
Three such Interceptors have been sent to Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, and the fourth is headed to the Dominican Republic, says Slat.
This launch of the Interceptor was streamed live at Rotterdam harbor, where hundreds of rubber ducks were dumped into the water to show the efficacy of the Interceptor. The Interceptor successfully caught most of the rubber ducks.
The current value of the machine is nearly €700,000, which Slat mentioned will drop as the production of the machine increases. He also stated that he believes the cost of machines is not higher than the economic impact of purging plastic from the rivers.
Izham Hashim, a spectator, from the Government of Selangor state in Malaysia said “It’s been done for one and a half months in the river, and it’s performing very well, collecting plastic bottles and all the rubbish,”
Stat mentioned that he wishes to tackle 80% plastic pollution for which 1,000 rivers are responsible for a span of over five years.
Slat believes 1,000 rivers are responsible for some 80 percent of plastic pollution in the oceans. He wants to tackle them all in the next five years.
Jan van Franeker of the Wageningen Marine Research Institute has been critical of the Ocean Cleanup in the past but said, “I am really happy they finally moved toward the source of the litter,” he said. “The design, from what I can see, looks pretty good.”