The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world's oceans of plastic.

By utilizing the ocean currents to our advantage, our passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years' time.

The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world's oceans of plastic. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will break down into microplastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life.

Going after it with vessels and nets would be costly, time-consuming, labor-intensive and lead to vast amounts of carbon emission and by-catch. That is why The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, moving with the currents just like the plastic to catch it. The system consists of a 600-meter-long floater that sits at the surface of the water and a tapered 3-meter-deep skirt attached below. The floater provides buoyancy to the system and prevents plastic from flowing over it, while the skirt stops debris from escaping underneath. As the system moves through the water, the plastic continues to collect within the boundaries of the U-shaped system.

By deploying a fleet of systems, The Ocean Cleanup has estimated to be able to remove 50% of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just 5 years' time. The concentrated plastic will be brought back to shore for recycling and sold to B2C companies. The revenue gained will help fund the cleanup expansion to the other four ocean gyres.

In preparation for full-scale deployment, The Ocean Cleanup organized several expeditions to map the plastic pollution problem in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to an unprecedented degree of detail. The team simultaneously advanced its design through a series of scale model tests, including prototypes deployed in the North Sea 2016, 2017 and 2018. The first beta cleanup system was deployed from San Francisco Bay on September 8, being towed to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to commence the cleanup.


The Ocean Cleanup Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
MISSION TO METRICS The Ocean Cleanup was practically born on social media, and these channels still play a very important role in our connection to the outside world. We are highly dependent on the support of our community that primarily establishes itself on social media. As the Social Media Manager, your role is to manage The Ocean Cleanup’s presence across all our channels. “Communications as a discipline has a unique and central role at The Ocean Cleanup. Our main task is to oversee the day-to-day management of one of our most important assets: our brand; an attractive promise that is driving funding and buy-in from stakeholders globally. We are looking for top talent to join us in the exciting work to continuously uphold and improve our image. Professional warning: some level of craziness may be required!”– Joost Dubois, Head of Communications. RESPONSIBILITIES As part of the Communications team, you will work alongside our Creative, Community and Stakeholder...
The Ocean Cleanup Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
MISSION TO METRICS In order to achieve our mission, we need a strong brand and visual identity to spread our mission. As the Video Editor & Production Assistant, you will support the creative production unit within our Communications team to successfully document The Ocean Cleanup's activities. “We are looking for an ambitious and independent production assistant to edit, shoot, and produce content for The Ocean Cleanup. You will work closely with the Senior Video Producer to help research, coordinate, and execute a wide variety of video content ranging from short to long-form features. The Production Assistant will also be fully responsible for editing and producing social media videos utilizing text and graphics. Professional warning: some level of craziness may be required!”– Joost Dubois, Head of Communications RESPONSIBILITIES Ability to tell a story using text, video, and photographs Maintain and manage large digital assets library and synchronize backups...
The Ocean Cleanup Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
MISSION TO METRICS The mission of The Ocean Cleanup is to develop technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. You will be responsible for supporting and helping to structure the workload of our Management Team so they can fully focus on our mission. Our work environment is fast-paced and informal which allows you to take a lot of responsibility in your role. I would like to welcome a smart and pragmatic management assistant to be a part of our international team; we look forward to having an energetic, knowledgeable self-starter who will help bring The Ocean Cleanup into the next phase of our project!” – Dieuwertje Ewalts, Chief of Staff RESPONSIBILITIES The Management Assistant will provide support to the Management Team and act as back up to the Executive Assistant to the CEO. The Management Team consists of our CEO, Managing Director, CFO, Director of Operations and is leading our crew to achieve the impossible: ridding the world’s oceans of plastic....
The Ocean Cleanup Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jan 08, 2020
Full Time
MISSION TO METRICS In order to achieve our mission, The Ocean Cleanup needs to design, develop and deploy offshore cleanup systems that extract plastic out of our oceans. The Program Manager will have succeeded once the program is translated into plans and forecasts, and progress is maintained to reach the project objectives on time and within budget. “We are working in a fun, fast-paced and innovative project environment. We are looking for a hands-on Program Manager who can support the steering of our technical and operational departments with accurate planning and financials. I am looking forward to working with an energetic, knowledgeable organizer who will help bring The Ocean Cleanup into the next phase!” Henk van Dalen, Director Ocean RESPONSIBILITIES The Ocean Cleanup runs complex projects to develop technology to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. The Program Manager shall support the project teams by proactively collecting information and translating this...
The Ocean Cleanup
Jan 08, 2019
Full Time
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By utilizing the ocean currents to our advantage, our passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time. The Ocean Cleanup is designing and developing the first feasible method to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. Every year, millions of tons of plastic enter the ocean. A significant percentage of this plastic drifts into large systems of circulating ocean currents, also known as gyres. Once trapped in a gyre, the plastic will break down into microplastics and become increasingly easier to mistake for food by sea life. Going after it with vessels and nets would be costly, time-consuming, labor-intensive and lead to vast amounts of carbon emission and by-catch. That is why The Ocean Cleanup is developing a passive system, moving with the currents – just like the plastic –...