Going with the flow is a good thing – unless we are talking waste in rivers. Because it flows into the sea.
A Dutch not-for-profit organization, known for ridding the ocean of plastic, has turned its attention to the source of the problem.
Working with a partner specializing in cranes, it launched its latest project in Rotterdam. Using a long lever a small solar-powered vessel collects river waste and transfers it to a dumpster internally via conveyor belt.
Sensors control the fill level of 50 cubic meters. Three boats currently roam a river each in Indonesia, Malaysia and the Dominican Republic, and more are announced for spring 2021.
The aim is to tackle the 1000 most polluted rivers in the world.