In collaboration with the Ocean Cleanup, Spark developed a more stable river barrier, made from recycled ocean plastic and with a reduced cost price.
The Ocean Cleanup wants to prevent new plastic from coming into the ocean through rivers. 80% of river's plastic comes from 1000 rivers. The Interceptor Barrier helps tackling these 1000 most polluting rivers. A mission Spark is proud to be a part of!
The Interceptor Barrier consist of a rubber screen which floats vertically in the water, both above and below the surface. The barrier guides river plastic to the Inceptor where it is collected and put into containers. The new barrier is now installed and operating with an Interceptor in Malaysia, Los Angeles, Dominican Republic and Kingston Jamaica.
The new float has a greater stability which enables the barrier to stay upright in fast flowing rivers to catch more plastic debris. The ends of the barrier arm are secured to land, with various points along the arm connected to the seabed with anchors. Once in place, it forms a U-shape with flex to permit motion from tidal and weather influences.
The mould has an interchangeable part to make a light stand which is required for safety. This integrates more functionality, without compromising the durability or installation time of the floats.
The ballast, made out of reused punch residue, is smartly integrated in the float shape. One float replaces two benchmark floats due to more buoyancy and stability. This reduces costs and enables a shorter installation time. In addition, handles are integrated and the floats can stand upright to be easily transported on pallets.
The mold has an interchangeable part to make a light stand which is required for safety. This integrates more functionality, without compromising the durability or installation time of the floats.