Ocean Plastics & Rivers
Anybody who lives on a river knows that even relatively clean ones, like the Russian River, end up sending a lot of plastic into the ocean. With every winter storm that pushes it over its banks, the river grabs lawn chairs, trash cans, kids' toys and anything else left in people's yards, and sends them into the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch nonprofit tackling plastics in our oceans, has found 80% of ocean plastics come from 1,000 nasty rivers from Delaware, to Istanbul, to Kuala Lumpur. And the group is going to attack the problem with its river-cleaning-device called the Interceptor that can snag 50-100 tons of trash per day. “To truly rid the oceans of plastic, we need to both clean up the legacy and close the tap, preventing more plastic from reaching the oceans in the first place,” said Boyan Slat, Founder and CEO of The Ocean Cleanup.