MARINE LITTER
The Ocean Cleanup, Coca-Cola partner to tidy up Vietnam's Can Tho River
"Interceptor 003" is capable of extracting up to 50,000 kg of trash per day (Photo: Panthermedia/imagebrokermicrostock)
The Ocean Cleanup (TOC, Rotterdam / The Netherlands; www.theoceancleanup.com) and US soft drink multinational Coca-Cola (Atlanta, Georgia; www.coca-colacompany.com), have selected the Can Tho River in Can Tho / Vietnam as one of 15 inland waterways around the world that the companies plan to sweep clean of plastics pollution in an effort to stop such waste from entering the world’s oceans.

The partners plan to achieve the same by using TOC’s solar-powered “Interceptor”, a river clean-up solution that extracts marine debris which was introduced in 2019 (see Plasteurope.com of 06.11.2019). In 2021, Coca-Cola became a global implementation partner for The Ocean Cleanup’s river project.

Related: The Ocean Cleanup is back in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

The Interceptor, called “003” or “René”, was launched on the Can Tho for detailed testing in December 2021. “It is expected to become fully operational over the next few months and is capable of extracting up to 50,000 kg of trash per day,” TOC said.

Another major push against Asian marine litter is currently underway, courtesy of UNEP and Google, with a focus on the Mekong River (see Plasteurope.com of 29.04.2021).
17.01.2022 Plasteurope.com [249378-0]
Published on 17.01.2022

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