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The Ocean Clean-up is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to remove plastic waste from our oceans.
This is my LEGO version of their Interceptor boat. In their words, it is the "first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. It is 100% solar-powered, extracts plastic autonomously, and is capable of operating in the majority of the world’s most polluting rivers".
A simple but ingenious system intercepts plastic waste that flows in rivers. This is taken onboard by a conveyor belt for sorting and recycling.
I have recreated “Interceptor 004” in LEGO. This vessel is currently situated in the Rio Ozama river, in the Dominican Republic.
This is a catamaran-style unit that allows water to flow under the centre of the ship. Waste can then hit the internal conveyor belt, and is removed from the river.
There is an accompanying ‘Tug Boat” that removes the internal barge which holds the waste buckets.
The main boat is constructed of 1,751 pieces.
The internal barge, with waste buckets, is made of 411 pieces.
The tether and docking point are comprised of 27 pieces.
The Tug Boat is made of 96 parts.
There are two minifigures to run the operation.
Thanks for the support!
Comment: The irony is not lost on me that LEGO is made from plastic. However, the key for me is that the LEGO pieces are not single-use. I have 40-year-old LEGO that my son now plays with. It is very much a long-life toy. I understand LEGO is due to remove single-use plastics in their packaging, which can only be a good thing! Also, check out #Teamseas