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Plastic 'interceptor' introduced to help clean Jakarta rivers

  • A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil
    A. Muh. Ibnu Aqil

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, November 1, 2019   /  07:18 pm
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Trash talk: Danone Aqua director for sustainable development Karyanto Wibowo (left), Danone Aqua president director Corine Tap (second left), Ocean Cleanup founder and CEO Boyan Slat (third left) and the Netherlands Ambassador to Indonesia Lambert Grijns converse during a visit to the Interceptor 001 plastic waste processing plant in Cengkareng, Muara Kapuk, North Jakarta, on Thursday.(JP/Donny Fernando)

Infamous for their dark, filthy and shallow waters, Jakarta’s waterways might best represent the many urban woes the capital city faces, but an experimental device designed to prevent plastic waste reaching the oceans may also help with cleaning efforts in the city’s rivers and canals. The Maritime and Investment Coordinating Ministry and Water Management Unit at the Jakarta Environment Agency are currently conducting a trial run of the waste-filtering device called the Interceptor 001 in the Cengkareng drainage canal in Pantai Indah Kapuk, North Jakarta. The Interceptor has been developed by Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat through his nonprofit organization The Ocean Cleanup in collaboration with Danone-AQUA Indonesia, which has provided the maintenance and research support for the device. The 13-meter-long and 7-meter wide Interceptor is stationed near the mouth of C...