We take our cleanup operations seriously and always go the extra mile to ensure each mission is as effective as possible and properly documented. There are several steps taken on each expedition to document and track each and every pound pulled such as on-site photos, weighing individual trash collection sacks, TrashTracker™ log sheets, and more.
In these images, please find an example of the step-by-step process taken to document each mission and the amount of trash recovered by our crew members. The entire process is verified by the Better Business Bureau.
We are often asked what happens to all of the plastic we remove from the ocean. Well, once the plastic is collected by our captains and crews, it is then weighed, photographed, and logged into our TrashTracker before being brought back to our regional operational bases.
At the base, the plastic is sorted by type, color, and condition and stored for future recycling into 4ocean products. These plastics will eventually be sent to the necessary recycling partners for flaking, washing, and pelletizing so they can be turned into new products.
While recycling is our highest priority, there are certain materials that are too contaminated, deteriorated, or economically not feasible to recycle in certain countries. We partner with various local facilities to find the most sustainable method of disposal for those materials.
After all other methods of recycling are exhausted, we are sometimes forced to dispose of the materials through thermal treatment, which is the conversion of trash to electricity, or responsibly landfilling the materials.