CAPTURING PLASTIC POLLUTION BEFORE REACHING THE OCEAN

THE CHALLENGE

Each year, rivers transport up to 2.75 million tonnes of plastic pollution to the world's oceans, where it breaks down into harmful microplastics. If not managed, it's estimated there will be more plastic, by weight, than fish in the ocean by 2050.

 

THE SOLUTION  River Cleanup Technology

We develop technology to extract plastic and other litter debris from rivers, keeping this pollution from reaching the ocean in the first place.

MEET SYSTEM 1.0

System 1.0 consists of strategically positioned floating platforms, anchored in major polluting waterways. They utilize flowing water to passively collect plastic debris 24/7. These systems are scalable and adaptable, suitable for tidal and non-tidal waters and also allowing boat passage while not harming local wildlife.

HOW IT WORKS

01

CAPTURE

Floating plastic and other litter debris get funneled from central points along the river's cross section toward the riverbank by booms which utilize the water flow. Here, floating cages, or catchments, captured funneled debris for storage until collection.

02

COLLECT

Once filled, it is time to collect captured debris from the catchments. Being adaptable to community resources, there are many options for debris collection. The catchment is now emptied by machine or by hand into containers to send to recycling.

03

RECYCLE

Depending on capacity of the community, collected debris are recycled or otherwise appropriately managed. Source to Seas will work with communities lacking formal recycling to find creative reuse or recycling opportunities for captured debris.

MODULAR & ADAPTABLE

Working closely with communities will prove the greatest benefit to global impact on the challenge of plastic pollution. Our fleet of debris collectors suit many types of waterways and cater to the needs of the community, dependent on their resources and waste management systems. These debris collectors work in both tidal and non-tidal waters, have extension booms for increased capacity, won't interfere with boat traffic, won't harm wildlife, and come with multiple setups for monitoring and debris collection.

MEET SYSTEM 1.0

System 1.0 consists of strategically positioned floating platforms, anchored in major polluting waterways. They utilize flowing water to passively collect plastic debris 24/7. These systems are scalable and adaptable, suitable for tidal and non-tidal waters and also allowing boat passage while not harming local wildlife.

HOW IT WORKS

01

CAPTURE

Floating plastic and other litter debris get funneled from central points along the river's cross section toward the riverbank by booms which utilize the water flow. Here, floating cages, or catchments, captured funneled debris for storage until collection.

02

COLLECT

Once filled, it is time to collect captured debris from the catchments. Being adaptable to community resources, there are many options for debris collection. The catchment is now emptied by machine or by hand into containers to send to recycling.

03

RECYCLE

Depending on capacity of the community, collected debris are recycled or otherwise appropriately managed. Source to Seas will work with communities lacking formal recycling to find creative reuse or recycling opportunities for captured debris.

MODULAR & ADAPTABLE

Working closely with communities will prove the greatest benefit to global impact on the challenge of plastic pollution. Our fleet of debris collectors suit many types of waterways and cater to the needs of the community, dependent on their resources and waste management systems. These debris collectors work in both tidal and non-tidal waters, have extension booms for increased capacity, won't interfere with boat traffic, won't harm wildlife, and come with multiple setups for monitoring and debris collection.

TIDAL RIVER

(CATCHMENT SWINGS WITH TIDE)

Flow

(Aerial View)

 

River Plastic

Cleanup Project

OUR STORY

It all started in 2014. Founder, Logan Good, leading an engineering project in South America, recognized a terrifying challenge: local rivers and streams where communities collected water were teeming with plastic pollution. Four years later, back in New York City, Logan recognized similar plastic litter in the East River and recognized a similar connection between the river and the garbage chute in his high-rise apartment: out of sight, out of mind. At this moment, he decided the river would not be a garbage chute for communities and began working to solve the challenge of global plastic pollution.

OUR VISION

We envision human prosperity for centuries to come. With pollution like plastics, with much longer lifespans than humans, must not be wasted resources, and more important, polluting our environment and killing wildlife. We have a vision to stop plastic pollution by first ensuring it doesn't end up in the ocean, then working with communities on waste management opportunities.

 

OUR TEAM

Meet the energized team working to help solve the challenge of plastic pollution in waterways around the world!

MARTY MEISLER

COLIN MANGHAM

LOGAN GOOD

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