We take our cleanup operations seriously and always go the extra mile to ensure our crews are efficient and effective. That’s why we document and track each and every pound of trash we recover.
We’ve outlined the entire process so you can see exactly what steps our captains and crews take to document the trash they recover during each cleanup mission. The entire process is audited and verified quarterly by the Better Business Bureau.
We often leverage boom systems to intercept and recover plastic before it can enter the ocean.
Once the plastic is collected by our captains and crews, it’s weighed, photographed, and logged into our TrashTracker™ before it’s transported to our regional operational bases.
At each base, the plastic is sorted by type, color, and condition before it’s sent to our recycling partners for flaking, washing, and pelletizing. These pellets are what we use to manufacture new and existing 4ocean 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 by responsibly landfilling the materials.