Support for LAist comes from
Made of L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

Climate and Environment

Meet The Trash Interceptor Called 007 That Is Working To Clean Up The Mess From This Storm

A boat with a curved front and flat back has a series of openings along the side
Ballona Creek's 007 trash interceptor is now working on the trash from the latest storm.
Courtesy Business Wire)
Our June member drive is live: protect this resource!
Right now, we need your help during our short June member drive to keep the local news you read here every day going. This has been a challenging year, but with your help, we can get one step closer to closing our budget gap. Today, put a dollar value on the trustworthy reporting you rely on all year long. We can't hold those in power accountable and uplift voices from the community without your partnership.


Los Angeles County's Trash Interceptor 007 is experiencing its first winter storm season and it's on a mission to collect tons of floating trash from Ballona Creek near Playa del Rey.

Why it matters: This month alone, the solar-powered barge swallowed about 5 1/2 tons of garbage. That brings its total to more than 60 tons of debris collected since October — which is more than what the county estimates typically flows out of rivers and streams annually and into the ocean.

Why now: The "exceptional" amount of trash comes after three years of drought, according to Kerjon Lee of the county's public works department. Lee told us:

Support for LAist comes from

"So what you have is a cleansing of the system or a purging of the system and if we don't catch it it often ends towards the ocean."

What's next: The stuff collected by the trash inceptor then gets offloaded and sorted for recycling. The device is being paid for and tested during a two-year pilot program by the Dutch nonprofit The Ocean Clean-Up.

See how it works:

Most Read