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The fight against marine waste has taken a monumental step in Thailand with the official launch of the InterceptorTM 019, a solar-powered and fully automated device dedicated to capturing waste. This milestone is the result of joint efforts by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit environmental engineering organisation, and its first global implementation partner, The Coca-Cola Company, along with a host of local partners in Thailand.

The InterceptorTM 019 was set afloat on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok on March 26, 2024. The device is a beacon of hope in curbing marine pollution in Thailand and the wider region. Capturing waste from the Chao Phraya River, will provide insight into the scale of plastic pollution in Bangkok’s waterways and inform strategies to improve waste management in Thailand.

The InterceptorTM 019’s deployment is not an isolated event. It’s the fifth of its kind in Southeast Asia, following installations in Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. In partnership with Coca-Cola®, The Ocean Cleanup has also installed Interceptors in Guatemala, the Dominican Republic, and Los Angeles, USA.

It utilises solar energy for fully automated waste capture and is equipped with a conveyor belt, shuttle, lights, six dumpster bins, sensors, data transmission, and solar panels. Each Interceptor can collect between 50,000 to 100,000 pieces of debris daily, reported Bangkok Post.

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