Frequently asked questions

Who is ReSea Project?

We are a purpose-driven company with one mission: A plastic-free ocean.

Our community-driven solution is set up in coastal and river areas, which contributes on more levels: We stop plastic waste from harming rivers and oceans, we create jobs and economic growth in the areas we operate, we support the circular economy, and we raise awareness.

Our daily cleanup missions are powered by the companies joining our movement. Every 8 euro funds the removal of 1 kg plastic removed from oceans and rivers, it funds our continuous operations and development, and it support the income of our cleanup team. Our cleanup solution is transparent, traceable and scalable. As more companies join our mission, we are able to grow our operations and develop our solution to more places in Indonesia and abroad. We are just the second organization to be certified to DNV's standard for plastic reclaimed from the hydrosphere, meaning that we track the origin of the plastic recovered, and serve companies with the certainty of their involvement helps make oceans and rivers cleaner from plastic waste.

How does ReSea Project's cleanup solution work?

Our cleanup process is certified and we document every step of it. This both ensure certainty that the plastic collected origins from oceans or rivers, and it proof our impact. We support the circular economy, meaning that after the plastic waste is sorted, put into sacks, tagged, and weighed, we deliver it to local waste banks who distribute the plastic waste for further recycling and waste handling purposes. ReSea Project is constantly developing and our clear ambition is to support the circular economy as much as possible to utilize the longevity and purpose of the plastic already available, and stop new plastic from entering the world.

See our collection proces and certification description here.

How can ReSea Project prove it's impact and the work it does?

We document every step of our collection proces and store the data using a blockchain-based trackingsystem. Our collection proces is certified by the independent third party DNV. The certification gives the highest level of transparency giving companies the certainty that their involvement in ReSea Project truly helps make a difference for planet and people.

Where will ReSea Project expand to next?

We will expand our efforts in Indonesia and set up our cleanup ecosystem in coastal and river areas characterized with poor waste management and low-income areas. Our ambition is to expand our solution not only in Indonesia but to other geograhic locations around the world with similar plastic pollution problems. Sign up to our newsletter and get notified on the work we do, or follow us on Social Media @reseaproject to get updated on our efforts.

What types of plastic does ReSea Project collect?

There are many different types of plastic found in oceans and rivers, but our cleanup team most commonly collects the following plastic types:

PET (Drinks bottles, food jars, clothing, some shampoo bottles)

HDPE (Milk jugs, plant pots, toys, some plastic bags)

LDPE (Single-use shopping bags, flexible bottles, bubble wrap, packaging films)

PP (Bottle caps, drinking straws, diapers)

PVC (Credit cards, pipes, synthetic leather)

PS (Plastic foam cups and containers, meat trays, yoghurt containers)

OTHER types (Nylon fabrics, baby bottles, car parts)

Where does ReSea Project operate?

For the time being, our cleanup operations are set up in Greater Jakarta in Indonesia in different coastal and river locations.

What happens to the plastic waste ReSea Project collects?

The plastic waste collected is sorted before being delivered to local waste banks. The waste banks distribute the plastic waste for recycling and waste handling. We aim to have as much of the plastic we collect further distributed for recycling but for now, an amount cannot be recycled. However, we believe it is better to collect all that we can instead of leaving the non-recyclable plastic in the ocean or river harming wildlife and the health of the local communities.

Can I support ReSea Project as a private person?

For the time being, we only offer our services to companies. We are working on a way to also allow private individuals to take part in our plastic cleanup.

Until then, you can help spread the word about our cause. Sign up for our newsletter and follow @reseaproject on social media.

Is the plastic waste from the ocean in good enough shape to be recycled?

It depends on the facilities and technologies of the recycling company, and what kind of recycled material they produce. Most recycling companies prefer PET and PE types as they are the most commonly recycled (they are also the plastic types seen most often in the environment). Some companies are able to recycle more difficult types such as plastic foam, which is commonly used for packaging in Asia in particular.

How is ReSea Project financing the cleanup?

Our cleanup efforts are solely dependent on the plastic we collect on behalf of companies. For every 8 Euro we remove 1 kg plastic waste from oceans and rivers - the equivalent of 50 plastic bottles (500 ml).

How can my company or organization be part of ReSea Project?

You can get started here. There are many ways in which your company can make a commitment and support our mission: Fund the removal of a total annual amount of plastic pulled from oceans and rivers, involve your customers and remove plastic every time they buy your product or services, give a percentage of your monthly sales to support our mission, or a whole other case suitable for your needs. If you are in doubt, please contact us and a consultant will get back to you about how to establish a partnership.

How does ReSea Project ensure the right conditions for the people collecting plastic?

Collectors part of our cleanup team work as individual contractors and are paid based on a piece-rate system. By ensuring fair compensation well-above the national minimum wage, we contribute to improved living conditions for our cleanup team and their families.

In the period October 2020 to February 2021 our weighted monthly average wage per collector was more than 75% higher than the set minimum wage in Jakarta*.

*Source: Governor's Office of Jakarta

Are you a charity?

We are a for-profit company and do not accept donations at this time. As a company driving by our purpose of ending the ocean plastic crisis we offer a cleanup solution where companies can make a one to one tangible difference that allow us to grow our operations and impact as more companies join the movement. ReSea Project was established and developed with help from the Danish packaging company Pack Tech A/S. A company that focuses on innovative and sustainable packaging.