Jangjo’s Visit to Interceptor 001 by The Ocean Cleanup

Indonesia as a maritime country has 70% ocean territory. However, the oceans are in a state of emergency due to ocean waste. Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan stated that, according to a 2015 World Bank study, 30% of the waste entering the oceans is plastic waste. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) records that Indonesia produces 3.2 million tons of unmanaged plastic waste annually, with 1.29 million tons ending up in the ocean.

The large amount of plastic waste in the ocean has resulted in Indonesia having the highest microplastic consumption in Southeast Asia. Microplastics are plastic particles smaller than 5 mm that are formed by the breakdown of plastic. Poor waste management causes microplastics to enter the environment, where they are ingested by phytoplankton and zooplankton, which are then eaten by aquatic animals, and eventually consumed by people through seafood.

What Is Interceptor 001?

Interceptor 001 is the first system designed by The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organization developing and scaling technologies to prevent plastic waste from entering the ocean. In February 2019, the system was installed in the Cengkareng Drain, North Jakarta, Indonesia, and fully operational in June 2019. It was installed on the riverbed and moored to five anchor moorings. 

Interceptor 001 is a noiseless vessel with several components that operate automatically using solar power. It is a long-term solution because it is environmentally friendly. The goal is to reduce ocean waste in Indonesia by 70% by 2025. The working mechanism of Interceptor 001 involves directing waste towards the Interceptor using two guiding booms. Once the waste reaches the mouth of the Interceptor, a conveyor belt lifts the waste to the upper part of the Interceptor. Then, the waste is placed into available containers. The Interceptor will notify the collaborators when the containers are full via mobile application.

Jangjo’s Visit To Interceptor 001

On June 8, 2024, Eki Setijadi, Chief Operating Officer from Jangjo visited Interceptor 001 by The Ocean Cleanup which has been operating successfully since 2019 in Cengkareng Drain, Pantai Indah Kapuk. This moment is an action to celebrate World Environment Day. It was impressive as it demonstrated how technology can significantly benefit the environment and will continue to evolve. 

Since the rise in waste production in Jakarta, the interceptor has been collecting a lot of waste. 

“There’s no end of trash. If we’re enjoying our holiday, the waste will keep coming. There is more and more trash in the rainy season.” Stated Mr. Dodi, a worker in Interceptor 001. 

One of the main challenges of this problem is the lack of public awareness about good waste management. Let’s contribute by stopping the use of single-use plastic, using environmentally friendly products, and applying 3R principles in everyday life.

Furthermore, there is a lot of ineffective waste management which makes the waste enter the environment and end up in the ocean. At Jangjo, we bring an innovative approach to reduce plastic waste and minimize environmental impact. 

Stay tuned to our website and follow us on social media for more updates and projects. Let’s join the path to a sustainable and greener future! 

Group photo of Jangjo and the worker of Interceptor 001.

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