A Deep Dive Into SeaCleanse’s Process Of Removing Ocean Garbage

July 11, 2020

As the world becomes increasingly aware of the dangers that ocean waste poses to the environment, animals, and humans, there’s a growing interest in organizations such as SeaCleanse that are committed to removing and recycling ocean waste.

Where Do We Collect Ocean Waste?

The majority of SeaCleanse’s cleanup efforts focus on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch – the world’s biggest collection of marine waste – which is located in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii.

First discovered in 1997 and covering an area twice the size of Texas, the Great Pacific Garbage patch consists of household and commercial waste, discarded fishing nets and equipment, car tires, and millions of pieces of plastic.

Our Method

SeaCleanse combines advanced technologies with the hard work of passionate volunteers to retrieve, transport, and recycle ocean debris. We deploy specialized barges on which our volunteers live and work, equipped with between 3 and 12 large bins to store garbage once it is collected.

After sailing out to the Great Pacific Garbage patch, our teams use specialized cranes and excavators to retrieve and store large pieces of ocean debris. Our barges also deploy smaller boats equipped with nets that allow team members to manually retrieve smaller pieces of garbage for collection by the excavator. Once on the barge, smaller pieces of garbage are sorted using a conveyor belt, while larger pieces are placed into a compactor where they are compressed and stored in the large bins.

As an organization that cares deeply about sustainability, SeaCleanse uses the most environmentally-friendly methods possible, utilizing renewable energy, and working with natural forces such as tides and currents to maximize the efficiency of our cleanup efforts.

What Happens to All of the Collected Trash?

With our barges full of newly collected waste, we transport the cargo to zero-waste treatment plants that can process anywhere from 5,000 pounds to 80,000 tons of garbage. The debris is cleaned, dried, and ground into tiny pellets, which are converted into clean-burning “Syngas” using very high temperatures.

All of the excess heat generated during the process is extracted and re-used to power the facility (hence the name “zero-waste”), and the remaining byproduct – known as “Biochar” – can be used in agriculture and water purification.

SeaCleanse is committed to achieving two primary goals: ridding the ocean of waste and creating newer, cleaner sources of fuel. With our advanced waste-extraction technologies and a fantastic team of passionate and enthusiastic volunteers, we are on the path to significantly improve the health of the oceans and the environment.

How Can You Support the SeaCleanse Mission?

If you love the oceans as much as we do and want to create a healthier planet for future generations, there are several ways you can contribute:

  • A financial donation will help us to continue our research, invest in new technologies and equipment, and deploy more barges to remove greater volumes of ocean waste.
  • You can volunteer to join one of our cleanup missions in the Pacific Ocean, living and working on a SeaCleanse barge with a passionate and diverse team of volunteers working together to achieve an important goal.
  • We also need people to help us with our promotional, fundraising, and marketing efforts. The more people we can reach, the more garbage we can remove from the ocean!

If you would like to make a donation, volunteer your time, or use your skills to help the SeaCleanse mission, we would love to hear from you. You can contribute money via our Join Our Movement page, or if you would like to get in touch with us, please contact us.

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