Solving the Ocean Plastic Problem: our way - RiverRecycle

How we recycle low value plastic waste before it reaches the ocean

1000 rivers transport 80% of riverine plastic pollution. To solve the problem of marine waste, we must tackle the issue at its source.

Our solution features three distinct parts: a commercial feasibility study, a project phase and recycling.


Our innovative technology concentrates and removes floating waste from rivers. The collected waste is sorted for reuse, recycling, or proper disposal. Instead of sending low-value plastic waste to landfills where it could potentially harm the environment, we recycle it using either mechanical or chemical methods. This process ensures that the plastic waste is repurposed and does not spill back into the environment.

Indonesian river being cleaned of plastic waste

Through the sale of recycled products, we generate profits to sustain our operations and also play a vital role in promoting a circular economy where waste is transformed into valuable resources. As a result, we work towards a sustainable future while supporting developing communities in improving their local economies and environment.

Phase 1

Commercial Feasibility Study

The best way to learn about the river is to clean it.

We carefully assess potential opportunities for river cleaning services while already operating. The information gathered in this process helps in designing recycling solutions.

When you contact us, we will provide you with a curated selection of options.

Setting the stage

When evaluating a new location, we conduct a preliminary study of the local environment and gather information from local stakeholders about the steps needed to start operations.

  • Scouting locations
  • Permit applications
  • Reaching out to local stakeholders

Design and planning

The next step involves understanding the landscape’s morphology and the extent of waste present in the water. This is a pivotal aspect necessary for the installation of a tailored solution.

  • Study river morphology
  • Install initial collectors
  • Evaluate quantity of waste and seasonal variation
  • Design of the optimal river cleaning and recycling solution
  • Setting up processes and flows
  • Market studies
  • Budgeting

Phase 2

Project phase

This stage is where our clients get involved. We collaborate with you to establish the river cleaning and recycling processes. This includes waste collection, sorting, and recycling.

River cleaning and waste collection

Once the river cleaning technology is installed, we start the collaboration with the local community.

  • Installation of technology
  • Job creation for operators
  • Education of the local community
  • Sorting of waste

Phase 3

Circular economy

With the completion of the build-up phase, we are stepping into the circular phase of the project. The sale of the recycled products creates recurring income to pay for the operating costs.

This model drives demand for the new products and sets the stage for scaling up.

Recycling process

Waste is sorted according to its end-use.

  • Cleaning and selling of PET and other valuables.
  • Mechanical recycling of low-value plastic into boards
  • Chemical recycling of low-value plastic into raw oil

Sales of recycling outcomes

Boards are sold as an alternative to wood, cement, or virgin plastic. Chemical recycling outcomes, PET, and other valuable waste are sold and reintroduced into the system as raw materials. This process helps reduce the use of new, virgin raw materials in the production chains and gives waste a new lease of life.

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