Ocean Cleanup Foundation

Ocean Cleanup Foundation

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Cleanup using conventional methods – vessels and nets – would take thousands of years and tens of billions of dollars to complete. Our passive system could theoretically remove about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years.

Instead of using nets, The Ocean Cleanup uses solid screens which catches the floating plastic, but allows sea life to pass underneath the barrier with the current.

Thanks to the orientation of the barriers moored to the seabed, plastic will slowly be pushed towards the center of the array, becoming even more concentrated.

A central collection point extracts and buffers the debris, before being shipped to land.
By recycling the debris and selling the semi-finished product directly to B2C companies, we aim to eventually make the operation self-sustainable.

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Last modified: Feb. 27, 2017