Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award
Macquarie 50th Anniversary Award funding is assisting The Ocean Cleanup – the international non-profit project with the mission of ridding the oceans of plastic – in expanding and scaling up its proven trash-capturing solutions in both oceans and rivers. In the oceans, The Ocean Cleanup is currently refining and expanding their unique cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP) and aiming to begin scaling up to a full fleet of systems to be deployed across the GPGP and the remaining four gyres. To prevent plastic emissions entering the oceans from rivers, The Ocean Cleanup has rolled out a system of InterceptorsTM in highly polluting rivers around the world to capture and extract floating riverine plastic before it can ever reach the ocean. The Ocean Cleanup intends to place Interceptors in the 1,000 most polluting rivers worldwide, which are responsible for 80 per cent of global plastic emissions into the oceans.
cost to the global economy from ocean plastic pollution
pieces of plastic littering our oceans
of floating ocean plastic expected to be removed by 2040 by The Ocean Cleanup
Rachel Engel and Susan Clear from the Macquarie Group Foundation recently teamed up with The Ocean Cleanup on a site visit to Malaysia to witness how their cutting-edge technology, the Interceptor, is being used to clean up the rivers and drive their mission to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.
Filmed in June 2022.
In this video, hear from Dan van der Kooy, Senior Video Producer for The Ocean Cleanup as he captures the largest ocean clean up currently taking place around the world, and explains how the Interceptor, a 100% solar-powered autonomous machine, is helping.
Filmed in March 2021.