FAQ

Ocean Plastic Pollution

Is there really an island of plastic waste floating in the Pacific?
Is the plastic all at the ocean surface, or deeper down too?
Is it true that most of the plastic pieces are tiny (microplastics)?
What are the long-term effects of plastic pollution in the oceans?
Who should be responsible for cleaning the gyres?
How can I help prevent plastic pollution?

The Ocean Cleanup System

The concept
What does "passively collecting" mean?
Is the cleanup system already installed and cleaning up the ocean?
Can you rid the oceans of plastic entirely?
Can you provide an overall solution to ocean plastic pollution?
Can you deploy this system in coastal areas, seas and rivers too?
Will the systems interrupt shipping pathways?
Will the systems withstand extreme environmental conditions?
Will the systems harm sea life?
Capture efficiency / vertical distribution
How long will it take to clean up a gyre?
To what depths will you be able to extract plastic?
Which sizes of plastic can your system capture?
How much plastic can you remove from the ocean?
Optimizing our design
How has the concept changed since the feasibility study?
Where did the idea of a mobile system come from?
Will this change to the technology alter the cleanup timeline?
Will these systems be more expensive to build and deploy?
How are you determining the best location and design for the system?
Material
What material will the screen be made out of?
What material will the floater be made out of?
What material will the anchor be made out of?

Plastic extraction and usage

What will you do with the plastic once it's extracted from the oceans?
How will you extract the plastic from the ocean?
Why do you transport the plastic to land instead of processing it at sea?
Can my company use the plastic you have collected?

The Ocean Cleanup Organization

How did The Ocean Cleanup come into existence?
Is it possible to do my internship at The Ocean Cleanup?
How can I invite Boyan Slat to speak at our event/conference?
Where can I find more information for my presentation/school project?
Do you have a newsletter I can sign up to?
Do you have merchandise?

Research

Where can I find your scientific publicatins?
Will The Ocean Cleanup publish more research results in the future?
Is the feasibility report available in hardcopy?
Can I provide comments about the content of the feasibility report?
How do I reference the feasibility report in my paper/thesis/report?
Where can I find the feasibility study?

SUPPORT, FUNDING AND DONATIONS

SUPPORT AND FUNDING
How are you financing the cleanup?
How can my company or organization help The Ocean Cleanup?
How can I help The Ocean Cleanup as an individual?
How can I help you raise awareness and/or raise funds?
Do you plan to do another crowdfunding campaign?
I have a boat/own a research vessel and want to help. What can I do?
Can my company sponsor a system?
Can I buy a system for a coastal area, river or sea?
DONATIONS
Are donations to The Ocean Cleanup tax deductible?
Can I donate in another currency, besides EUR and USD?
Can I transfer an amount directly to your bank account?
We would like to donate as a US company. What is your EIN?
Can I get proof of my donation for a tax deduction?