Suzuki Takes Aim at Microplastics

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Suzuki Motor of America said it launched the world’s first microplastics collecting system designed for its outboards of 40 hp and and higher.

The collecting device is installed under the cowling and does not affect engine operations.

The collecting device is installed under the cowling and does not affect engine operations.

Installed under the outboard cowling, the device filters cooling water as it passes through, collecting plastics and other pollutants. The cleaned water is then returned to the sea.

Suzuki said the device collected such contaminants as urethane, nylon, wood chips and other materials in testing off Japan.

A diagram of how the device works.

A diagram of how the device works.

“We are excited about taking this significant step, where our motors can actually be part of a solution for a critical environmental issue,” Suzuki Motor of America president Max Yamamoto said in a statement. “We have long recognized that Suzuki customers are avid fishermen and boaters who care about the environment. This is something we can do together to protect our oceans, lakes and rivers so that future generations can enjoy them.”

The device is part of Suzuki’s Clean Ocean Project, an effort focused on reducing plastic waste in the marine environment. Suzuki said it’s also looking into the packaging materials for its outboards and parts — which could result in a reduction of plastic usage by 2.3 tons a year.

Material collected during testing.

Material collected during testing.

The collecting system will be available as an option nest year, with plans to make it standard equipment.

Click here for a video about Suzuki’s new device and its commitment to the environment.

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