Coca-Cola and Ocean Cleanup launch clean river solution

The Coca-Cola Company and The Ocean Cleanup have launched first Interceptor™ river cleanup solution in Can Tho river.

Coca-Cola Vietnam and The Ocean Cleanup announced that the Can Tho river in Can Tho City has been selected as one of 15 river locations around the world as part of a global partnership between the two organizations.

First Interceptor™ in Can Tho, Vietnam

In 2021, The Coca-Cola Company became a global partner for The Ocean Cleanup’s river project to help clean up some of the world’s major rivers. The partnership also aims to engage and bring together industry and members of the public to help tackle plastic pollution. Using solar-powered technology, The Ocean Cleanup’s Interceptor™ river cleanup solution is a robot that extracts marine debris.

The Interceptor™ launch in the Mekong Delta region is part of a global partnership

The original Interceptor™ was unveiled in 2019 and is the first scalable solution to prevent plastic from entering the world’s oceans from rivers. After years of planning, the Interceptor 003 known as René, was launched into the Can Tho river for detailed testing last month. It is expected to become fully operational over the next few months and is capable of extracting up to 50,000kg of trash per day.

The river cleanup project deployment in Viet Nam was made possible by support from the People's Committee of Can Tho and the Can Tho Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DoNRE).

“We expect that the river cleanup project will greatly contribute to Can Tho City’s goal towards becoming an ecological and modern city, imbued with the identity of rivers and the Mekong Delta by 2030. To get there, we are looking forward to joining hands of non-profit organizations, the private sector and Can Tho citizens in environmental protection projects, maintaining our position as an 'ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable City,'" said Nguyễn Chí Kiên, vice director of DoNRE.

Joining hands for a World Without Waste

As part of the global implementation partnership, Coca-Cola in Viet Nam will support the development of waste management solutions for collected debris and provide local support to The Ocean Cleanup such as engagement with local stakeholders.

“The Ocean Cleanup’s mission is to rid the oceans of plastic,” said Boyan Slat, founder and CEO, The Ocean Cleanup. "I am happy to see progress and our first steps together with Coca-Cola on the road to tackling the complex plastic pollution problem in the vast Mekong Delta and its sensitive ecosystems. This is good news for the oceans."


Workers of CASHIN Yard where the Interceptor™ was assembled

As part of its World Without Waste vision, The Coca-Cola Company is working to ensure that all of the material it uses in its packaging is collected and recycled, so that none of it ends up as waste. The Company has a global goal to help collect and recycle every bottle and can they sell by 2030. ​

In Viet Nam, Coca-Cola is helping to support and drive local collection and recycling solutions. Coca-Cola Vietnam was one of the founding members of Packaging Recycling Organization (PRO) Vietnam, a partnership with other leading companies, recyclers and government agencies to accelerate local packaging collection and recycling in support of a clean and green Viet Nam.

 “Through innovation and partnership, we’re also working to create circular solutions for the collection and recycling of our bottles in Viet Nam. That’s why we’re very excited about this new partnership with the Ocean Cleanup in Viet Nam, starting in our beautiful Can Tho river, and we’re looking forward to making a lasting impact through this work,” said Leonardo Garcia, general manager, Coca-Cola Vietnam and Cambodia.