NOTICE: (April 10, 4:30 p.m.) The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007 has completed its 20th offload on Friday, April 5. Approximately 6.7 tons of trash and debris were offloaded. Since its launch in 2022, the Interceptor 007 has prevented more than 124 tons of trash and debris from reaching the Santa Monica Bay and local beaches.

The Interceptor is planned to be fully operational during the storm that is forecasted for this weekend. The Interceptor’s second boom is anticipated to be deployed on Friday, April 12.

Stay Tuned! LA County Public works will continue to keep the community informed with updates on the Interceptor’s performance. Have any questions about the Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor? We encourage you to reach out to us at BallonaInterceptor@pw.lacounty.gov.

Since deployment in October 2022:

20

Offloads Conducted

 ‎

124 tons

(248,000 lbs)

Trash Collected

Since deployment in October 2022:

20

Offloads Conducted

 ‎

124 tons

(248,000 lbs)

Trash Collected

Since deployment in October 2022:

20

Offloads Conducted

 ‎

124 tons

(248,000 lbs)

Trash Collected

Profile rendering of the Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor 007

The Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor™—developed by the charitable organization The Ocean Cleanup—is a fully automated, solar-powered trash collection device designed to capture floating plastic, trash and litter before they reach the ocean.

Los Angeles County Public Works has developed a pilot project to test this innovative technology. This pilot project includes the deployment of The Interceptor™ at the mouth of Ballona Creek in Marina del Rey, the construction of six moorings on the north and south jetties of the channel, the installation of a river monitoring system to characterize waterborne trash, and educational signage. Ballona Creek will remain fully accessible, except during rain events. When storm flows or tidal activity are expected to carry trash down the creek, two booms will be deployed in a v-shape configuration.

Interceptor with both booms deployed
Ballona Creek Trash Interceptor launch in Marina Del Rey.

Interceptor with both booms deployed.