The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation

The largest cleanup in history

aka The Ocean Cleanup   |   New York, NY   |  https://www.theoceancleanup.com/

Mission

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic.

Notes from the nonprofit

Leading the largest cleanup in history

Ruling year info

2017

CEO & Chairman

Boyan Slat

Main address

100 Wall Street 10th Floor

New York, NY 10005 USA

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EIN

81-5132355

NTEE code info

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

Marine Science and Oceanography (U21)

Pollution Abatement and Control Services (C20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Millions of tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. A significant portion of it accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches. Plastic does not disappear by itself and the situation is worsening as it fragments over time into dangerous microplastics, harming ecosystems, endangering marine species and transferring toxic pollutants into the food chain.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Ocean Cleanup - Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Millions of tonnes of plastic enter the ocean every year. A significant proportion of it accumulates in five ocean garbage patches. The Ocean Cleanup has developed a passive cleanup method to rapidly and cost-effectively clean up these garbage patches. The plastic is captured and concentrated in the centre of the system, periodically a vessel will come by to collect the concentrated debris and bring it ashore for recycling.

In 2018 and 2019 The Ocean Cleanup launched its first cleanup systems in the GPGP: System 001 and 001/B. With System 001/B we were able to prove the concept of deploying an artificial coastline to capture plastic works.

We are now designing and testing System 002, a full-scale cleanup system that is able to endure and retain the collected plastic for long periods of time.

Population(s) Served

Alongside cleaning up the plastic that is already in the oceans, we must stem the inflow of new plastic. Rivers are the main source of plastic pollution flowing into the oceans. They are the arteries that carry waste from land to the ocean.

Our research found that 1000 rivers are responsible for roughly 80% of the pollution.

The Ocean Cleanup has developed the Interceptor, a river cleanup product; designed for series production, which intercepts plastic efficiently using the river currents. It can be deployed in most rivers around the world and is easy to operate.

With the unveil of our technology on October 26, 2019, we can now start the global roll-out of Interceptors.

Working together with government leaders and private corporations, our goal is to scale up our Interceptors and then tackle these 1000 most polluting rivers, all over the world, in 5 years.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Champion of the Earth 2014

United Nations Environment

50th anniversary award 2019

Macquarie

25 people that will shape the next 25 years 2018

Wired Magazine

The 25 Best Inventions of 2015 2015

Time Magazine

Forbes 30 under 30 2016

Forbes

The Heyerdahl Award 2017

The Norwegian Shipowners' Association

Affiliations & memberships

Macquarie 50th Anniversary Awards 2019

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic. The first garbage patch we aim to clean is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, located between California and Hawaii. We will have succeeded once the average buoyant plastic concentration in the oceanic accumulation zones has seen a 90% net mass reduction, relative to 2018 baseline levels by the year 2040.

In parallel to cleaning the ocean garbage patches we will stem the inflow of more plastic pollution from rivers. Our research found that 1000 rivers are responsible for roughly 80% of the pollution. We aim to tackle these 1000 river by 2025

To be able to solve the problem, we must first understand it. This is why The Ocean Cleanup invests in large-scale scientific research, both into the sources of the plastic pollution as well as the extend of the problem.

In our technology development we work together with experts across the fields and we test often with fast iteration cycles. E.g. before launching our first cleanup system in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in October 2018, we had designed and tested 273 scale models and 7 prototypes.
We focus on creating scaleable technologies rather than changing people's behavior.

To clean the rivers we focusing on building long lasting consortia, with local and global partners. The consortia will be responsible for deploying and operating the Interceptor, and ensuring the (plastic) debris is processed in the best possible way.

In our US and Dutch foundation combied we have an international team of over 90 FTE with more than 15 nationalities, totaling over 400 years of combined offshore project and engineering experience. We have an experienced board, supervisory board and a scientific advisory board. In addition, we work together with multiple partners (e.g. Maersk, Boskalis, Latham & Watkins, Deloitte), universities and governmental agencies.

Ocean:
After 5 years of designing, testing and research, we deployed the first cleanup system in 2018. System 001 was still an experimental system, and challenges were expected. In 2019 we deployed System 001/B a modular test system. With these systems we achieved the following:
- Proof of concept
- Consistent speed through plastic
- Capturing plastic of all size classes (incl. microplastics)

River:
The first (pilot) Interceptor is currently operational in Jakarta. Three Interceptors 2.0 were build and tested. One is deployed in Malaysia, one deployed in the Dominican Republic and the other is lined up for deployment in Vietnam.

Key research achievements include:
- First complete map of Great Pacific Garbage Patch: by crossing the patch with 30 vessels and an airplane, we found it contains 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic weighing 100,000 tons.
- First global map of riverine plastic emissions: researching the plastic inflow from rivers to the marine environment, based on both modelling and field research.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Ocean Cleanup North Pacific Foundation

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Boyan Slat

Boyan Slat

The Ocean Cleanup

Lonneke Holierhoek

The Ocean Cleanup

Jos Huijbregts

The Ocean Cleanup

Mark Hawkins

Salesforce.com

Rob Parker

US Coast Guard (Retired)

Carl van der Zandt

Hand Baldachin & Amburgey

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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