Trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest being the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between Hawaii and California.


The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. One passive system could theoretically remove about half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 10 years.

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Why move through the ocean, if the ocean can move through you?

Ocean garbage patches are vast but dispersed. By acting like an artificial coastline, we passively concentrate the plastic by orders of magnitude, 100% powered by natural ocean currents.
  • Autonomous

    Offshore operations are expensive. Through a minimal amount of moving parts full autonomy should be achievable.

  • Energy neutral

    The Ocean Cleanup fully relies on the natural ocean currents to catch and concentrate the debris, and requires no external energy source.

  • Scalable

    The modular array approach can be applied on any scale; from small-scale systems to intercept plastic near land, to multi-kilometer installations to clean up ocean garbage patches.

From concept to reality

Recent milestones on the path to the 2020 cleanup.

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  • “One of the world’s best inventions of 2015”
    TIME Magazine
  • “The first real plan to try to clean things up.”
    NBC Nightly News
  • “[The Ocean Cleanup’s] success could significantly reduce marine animal fatalities and enable numerous marine species (…) to survive”
    Ocean Elders
  • “An incredible proposal.”
    George Takei, Actor and Activist
  • “A symbol of not only preaching, but also acting.”
    Neelie Kroes, Former European Commissioner