The rock band, Coldplay, has sponsored the newest ‘Interceptor’, one of the semi-autonomous watercraft developed by The Ocean Cleanup to extract plastic from rivers before it enters the ocean. The collaboration will broaden the net for the nonprofit’s goal of launching an Interceptor in each of the world’s most polluted rivers—to ‘turn off the taps’ and catch the plastic along the river’s course, thereby avoiding the much more difficult task of capturing it in the ocean.
The third Interceptor to be deployed will operate in the Rio Ozama in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The barges are connected via the internet, allowing them to gather performance and data. The vessels can automatically notify local operators once the onboard dumpsters are full.
“Without action, there could be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050,” said Chris Martin and his bandmates. “We’re proud to sponsor Interceptor 005, which will catch thousands of tons of waste before it reaches the ocean”