Arcadis supports The Ocean Cleanup project in Malaysia

  • Arcadis partnered with The Ocean Cleanup to provide Project Management, Stakeholder Management Services and an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) as part of their global InterceptorTM project.
  • They plan to tackle 1000 rivers around the world with the help of the InterceptorTM, and aim to halt 80% of plastic from entering the oceans in five years’ time.

Arcadis was involved in the assembly, installation and commissioning of the InterceptorTM for the “Pilot Project- River Plastic Interception” in the Klang river, Malaysia. The project was led by the Arcadis Malaysia team who provided Project Management support and Stakeholder Management services and collaborated with Arcadis Singapore team in providing a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report.

The Klang river is the biggest contributing river to plastic emission in the ocean in Malaysia. With around 6,537 tonnes/year (2017), it contains the plastic waste coming from large cities such as Kuala Lumpur and Klang. Roughly 1.15 to 2.41 million tonnes of plastic are entering through the course of rivers on a yearly basis. Reducing plastic waste pollution must be coupled with cleaning up the plastic already in our oceans.

Matthijs Engelbert van Bevervoorde, Senior Environmental & Social Consultant at Arcadis in Singapore, described how the Environmental Impact Assessment was used to showcase the potential positive impacts, “The Environment team from Arcadis was able to demonstrate to The Ocean Cleanup how the “InterceptorTM” enhanced the current system of plastic waste removal in the river and the connected estuary. By explaining the design of the InterceptorTM and analysing both physical, biological and social factors we are not only supporting The Ocean Cleanup but we are contributing to our own passion of improving quality of life.”

Arcadis have been engaged in numerous programs to reduce plastic waste including a business blueprint for other business to assess and reduce their plastic waste production, supporting many multinationals with the behaviour change needed to lower their impact on society.


Contact Details

For further information please contact:

Rebecca Marshall, Regional Communications Manager,, T +852 2911 9714

Carrie Wan, Account Manager,, T +852 2586 7872

About Arcadis

Arcadis is the leading global Design & Consultancy for natural and built assets. Applying our deep market sector insights and collective design, consultancy, engineering, project and management services we work in partnership with our clients to deliver exceptional and sustainable outcomes throughout the lifecycle of their natural and built assets. We are 27,000 people, active in over 70 countries that generate €3.3 billion in revenues. We support UN-Habitat with knowledge and expertise to improve the quality of life in rapidly growing cities around the world.

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