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The Ocean Cleanup Is Now Cleaning Up Rivers With the "Interceptor"


Each day, an estimated 8 million pieces of plastic enter the world's oceans. Interestingly, one of the main ways trash physically travels from land into the ocean is via rivers — in fact, The Ocean Cleanup CEO Boyan Slat calls rivers “the arteries that carry waste from land to the ocean." 

So for that reason, The Ocean Cleanup is working to remove debris from our globe's rivers before it can actually get to the ocean and harm underwater creatures. This weekend, Slat revealed his organization's new innovation: The "Interceptor."

Slat, 25, unveiled the "Interceptor" at a glitzy launch event on a river in Rotterdam, the Netherlands on Saturday night, Oct. 26, according to the AP. The company built a stage on the water, so that the audience could actually see the Intercepter, which is the first "scalable solution" to this issue, according to The Ocean Cleanup.