OUR MISSION

CLEAN UP OUR OCEANS

We are working to end plastic-filled waters with volunteer cleanups, empowering local communities and offering courses on ocean plastic, the environment, recycling and sustainability.

OUR FOUNDATION IS BASED ON THREE PILLARS

Cleaning

Through our network of MBRC Cleaning Hubs, our team of 2,400 dedicated waste collectors and volunteers organize cleanups every day all over the world. From Iceland to Australia, Indonesia to Costa Rica, the MBRC cleaning hubs have a huge impact on the local environment and communities.

MBRC cleaning hub communities are provided with garbage bags and shown how to separate their household waste into organic, recyclable and non-recyclable waste directly at home and to dispose of the bags in the waste bins provided in central locations by MBRC. The bins are collected, emptied and cleaned on a regular basis by waste collectors employed by MBRC and the waste transferred to the main MBRC waste management facility.  

The communities are also provided with equipment to clean up, collect and recycle the waste found on the beaches and coastline. Every week MBRC organizes a cleanup event at each of the cleaning hubs, employing up to 100 waste collectors and welcoming volunteers, including children from the local schools. As with the domestic waste, whatever is found on the coastline is also brought to the main waste management facility. Regular briefings are held at cleanup events: by active involvement in cleaning their local beaches the locals gain a greater sense of responsibility and understanding of the plastic waste problem. 

Recycling

Working together with local communities, MBRC implements a sustainable waste management system, ensuring that the plastic collected is cleaned, packed and transported to local recycling plants and that the recycled plastic re-enters the market. 

Recyclable material is collected at the main hub, where it is counted, compressed, baled, weighed, and prepared for transportation. The recyclable plastic, usually in the shape of bottles, packaging, containers and bags (a combination of PET (polyethylene terephthalate), HDPE (high-density polyethylene), LDPE (low-density polyethylene) and PP (polypropylene)) is transported to the closest certified recycling plant. The recyclate is washed and shredded before undergoing the mechanical recycling process during which it is melted and reformed into flakes, pellets or yarn.  

Educating

Raising awareness about waste, recycling and sustainability, MBRC has developed an educational program dedicated to helping those most impacted by ocean plastic understand its sources and discover the solutions. Only when we understand the problem can we hope to stop it. 

Workshops and presentations are held at local schools and community centres near the cleaning hubs for both children and adults so that they can understand the impact of plastic waste on the marine environment and on their lives. The waste collection, cleanup and recycling programmes run concurrently with lessons, information briefings and workshops held in the local schools. Local teachers are provided with educational material and resources to teach school children about the origins of plastic and the problems associated with single-use plastic, while exploring solutions to the ocean plastic problem. Workshops and presentations are also organized for adults and a briefing is held at each cleanup to inform the waste collectors and volunteers about the ocean plastic problem. 

OUR CLEANING HUBS

Our 30 MBRC the Ocean Cleaning Hubs are located in over 15 countries worldwide and we are constantly growing. We‚Äôre working with local communities in some of the most plastic-damaged regions to create permanent cleaning hubs ‚Äď hiring staff on the ground could be empowering local communities, giving work to locals and providing the tools.

MBRC-Cleaning Hubs Worldmap Weltkarte
the sea of knowledge
MBRC ACADEMY

The MBRC Academy offers an online course for students and adults looking to make waves in the world of ocean sustainability. We are proud of our beach cleanups and recycled wares, but they’re a drop in the ocean compared to the power of educating the world on ocean sustainability. Running for one year and with a fresh topic every week, the free-of-charge Academy course is tailored to complement your current university studies with a well-rounded awareness and understanding of one of the biggest challenges of our time.

Our Ambassadors

MBRC Ambassadors come from all walks of life but the clear resemblance between them is their unconditional love for the oceans. Whether scientific, professional or for leisure, the oceans play a huge part in their lives.

Robin Struve

EDEKA Struve
Germany

Nathalya Cabral

International Model
Indonesia

Alexander Stotz

CEO STR√ĖER Media
Germany

Hassan Beybe

Project Director Reefs
Maldives

Julia Ritter

MBRC Academy
Course Instructor
Germany

Casto Kayombo

Ambassador
Tanzania