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Good morning, this is Michelle, and as key talks for a plastics treaty get closer, we bring you the next part of our series on the plastic crisis.

Today, we look at a project that will soon set sail to collect the debris from the rivers and mangroves of Bali. Could clean up initiatives like this one rescue the ocean?

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Michelle Langrand


🌊 Cleaning the ocean

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Mobula 8 (Credit: The SeaCleaners)

Environmental NGO The SeaCleaners is getting ready to test the waters this spring with its brand new plastic collecting boat Mobula 8 in Indonesia’s waterways. The boat will cruise the rivers of Bali, swallowing up large plastic debris as well as microplastics along the way.

“We will clean up the rivers, coastal areas and mangroves, where the plastic is more dense and is still easier to collect, as long as it is not too damaged by UV rays or sea salt and has value in circular economy loops,” said Elise d'Epenoux, head of international communications for The SeaCleaners which is partly based in Geneva.

The nine-metre boat, which was finished last spring, will gather the trash, to be sorted onboard and then handed to local associations ashore, such as the waste recycling trade association APSI.

Read more in Geneva Solutions (EN)

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