The Interceptor is a barrier and conveyor belt system that concentrates and extracts plastic from rivers. The flow path is uninterrupted due to the catamaran design, which allows plastic to flow freely into the device and water to continue with the current. The barrier concentrates the debris as it floats with the current and directs it to a permeable conveyer belt. At this point, the waste is transferred up the belt to an automated shuttle that distributes the waste between one of six containers located on a separate barge. Once full, the barge is exchanged, and the waste is transferred to a local waste management facility. Apart from unloading, discharging, and reinstalling the waste collection barge, the Interceptor™, due to its solar power, does not require polluting and expensive fuels, allowing for efficient operating costs and minimal labor requirements for its activities.

To learn more, see our river page.