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A collaboration project between the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand and The Ocean Cleanup to study, research and collect plastic waste in the Chao Phraya River beginning with Interceptor 019

" Mission and Vision "

This project is a collaboration between the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand,

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Environment Department, Bangkok, Thailand, and The Ocean Cleanup,

a non-profit project from the Netherlands with the mission of ridding the oceans of plastic.

All three organizations recognize the devastating effect of plastic pollution in our waters, and are committed to fighting the problem. Thailand is currently listed 10th in the list of nations emitting the most waste into our oceans. Thailand recognizes that plastic waste has become a problem of concern at the global level and has made great efforts to address The Thai government therefore strives to deal with the problem in a practical way with fixed goals. Together, we aim to prevent waste travelling into Thailand’s rivers and on into our shared oceans.


Department of Marine and Coastal Resources


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The Ocean Cleanup



Environment Department, Bangkok,Thailand

" Effective Project Objectives "

 The Chao Phraya River has been designated as one of the rivers where these three organizations

will cooperate on a series of technologies to deploy interventions to intercept and extract waste including devastating plastic pollution – directly from the river. Interceptor 019 is a solar-powered, autonomous waste-capturing machine designed to ensure trash is captured before it can ever reach the ocean. The Interceptor 019 will be the first deployment within this consortium to tackle pollution, with more to come.   

" General characteristics
of Interceptor 019 "

Length       22.39 meters
Width       8.78 meters.
Height      5.58 meters
100% solar - powered

The Interceptor is designed for mass production and quick deployment in the world's most polluted rivers.

Debris enters the Interceptor™ with the natural current of the river. All electronics on the Interceptor, including the conveyor belt, shuttle, lights, sensors, and data transmission, are solar-powered.

The Interceptors are internet-connected, allowing us to gather continuous performance and collection data.

It also enables the Interceptor™ to automatically notify local operators once the dumpsters are full. 

Our Interceptor Originals have removed over 1 million kilograms of trash from rivers around the world. 

The Interceptor can work autonomously until it’s full and can continue extracting debris even when the dumpsters are being emptied. Its large storage capacity allows for efficient emptying cycles, filling entire garbage trucks at once.

" Interceptor 019 : How It Works "


" Barrier  "

River waste flowing with the current is guided by the barrier towards the opening of the Interceptor.  

The waste is naturally carried onto the conveyor belt.

Credits : The Ocean Cleanup


" Conveyor Belt "

The conveyor belt continuously extracts the debris from the water, depositing it evenly across the dumpsters on board.

Credits : The Ocean Cleanup


" Dumpsters "

Once the dumpsters are full, local operators are automatically notified.

The Interceptor can store up to 50m³ of trash before needing to be emptied. This means it’s capable

of operating even in the most polluted rivers

all over the world.

Credits : The Ocean Cleanup


" Energy-Neutral "

The debris enters the Interceptor with the natural current of the river. All electronics on the Interceptor, including the conveyor belt, lights, sensors, and data transmitters, are solar-powered.