Trash trap gets to work removing plastic waste from Vietnam’s Red River

Removing the vast amounts of plastic waste already polluting our oceans is going to need tackling in a number of ways. But the flow of plastic from rivers also needs to be stopped, and that’s what Vietnam’s trash traps are designed to do.

They may not look quite as swanky as the Interceptors from the Ocean Cleanup, but the idea is similar. The first in a series of trash traps installed along Vietnam’s Song Hong, the country’s second-longest river (also known as the Red River), is designed to remove floating debris from the water as it flows towards the Gulf of Tonkin.

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Paul Ridden