History of the Interceptor™ | Cleaning Rivers | The Ocean Cleanup


Welcome, now I’m going to tell you about the impossible mission This is an idea and it’s not set in stone okay I think this is our only hope to really be able to close the tap for 80% before we start cleaning up in 2020 So, the problem of plastic pollution has two sides to it On one side there is the legacy plastic, the plastic that’s already floating in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself. And then you have the other side which is new plastic still entering the oceans every day The Ocean Cleanup has been working on developing new technologies to get the sort of, the fastest reduction in the amount of plastic entering the oceans possible We are always so eager to take our supporters with us on the journey and to communicate every step on the journey to clean oceans,
yet we did feel that the probability of success would simply be higher if we keep this as
a sort of secret special project under the radar for a while as it would avoid you know, putting any external pressures on the team just to be really able to focus our attention on this river project I’ve seen it evolve in these four years as an employee We went from a really tiny start-up to a company doing well and I would say we’re thriving We’re still finding the same dedication in people that I felt when I arrived here as a young little intern Sjoerd, do we have enough rope to moor this end? No, I don’t think so Okay In May 2015 we started the river project We started it under the radar to be able to
move around freely and to be able to test what we want, to design what we want When I think back about the early times of the river project it was really cool because we had a small team that was learning so much every day about plastic in rivers So today we’re in Jakarta and behind me is actually the first river cleanup prototype that we’ve built It’s the first full-scale prototype and it’s intended to clean up the river At the Ocean Cleanup, we really believe in engineering by doing, so we want to go to the field as quickly as possible Because we learned more about the riverine debris problem, in the meantime we have decided to make the system bigger So that’s what you see behind me When you look at the technology we have now, it’s a completely different stage of the project, but right now what you see is that the whole team is making it happen And that also gives a really cool atmosphere within the team It’s not been easy to keep it secret but we have managed to keep it secret thus far Yeah, yeah its funny because when you know it and you see interviews with Boyan you really see him do a secret smile sort of when people ask him, why don’t you do something about rivers And on Facebook, another question: Can you use one of your systems on rivers to capture the plastic before they enter the oceans A very interesting question, a very interesting idea, but not for today I don’t think anyone is expecting this to come out If you were to extrapolate our progress, we’re like this, and then suddenly, whoop That’s the feeling this machine is giving me Why this project? We might be able to show the world a little bit more about the actual problem that there is We have a solution that can clean some rivers but we also need better waste management We also need more awareness of the problem and I really hope that this might be helping to change the minds of a lot of people in the world about the problem

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