Waste knows no borders. And this is why we work worldwide. Because it is time for us as a society to take responsibility. Whether in the Danube or on the Mekong.

We are active worldwide. Discover our cleanups:


since 2023 44,952 kg

since 2022 983,497 kg

2021 20,000 kg*
2022 35,491 kg
2023 0 kg*

2022 25,000 kg**

2022 20,959 kg

2021 12,200 kg*

2020 3,000 kg*
2021 55,910 kg

2022 156,010 kg

*without weight slips
**Flood operation in the Eifel: Waste not sold as plastic credits due to the emergency situation

Current cleanup projects:


Since May 2023, we have been on a mission in Thailand, more precisely, in Bangkok along the Chao Phraya. This river is the most polluted one in Thailand. In close cooperation with our partner, the TerraCycle Thai Foundation, we are actively committed to cleaning. We are currently in the process of building a sorting plant to ensure efficient handling of the collected waste. Our efforts are focused on creating long-term solutions.

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We have been actively involved in Cambodia since August 2022, with our main focus on the Mekong in Phnom Penh. Here, together with our local partner River Ocean Cleanup, we operate the Zero Waste Center to sort the collected material. Since March 2023, we have also expanded our presence to Siem Reap. By working closely with numerous local partners, we not only strive for effective waste management but are also committed to long-term, sustainable solutions.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

We have been actively involved in various missions in the Balkans region since 2021. We have been working in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Lake Zvornik on the Drina since July 2023. Here we are working on a joint project with Rotary International and End Plastic Soup. Garbage regularly floats on Lake Zvornik. We ensure clean waterways through recurring clean-up work. And at the same time in the political exchange for infrastructural change.

Get to know our teams behind our projects:


More about our projects

Rivers are lifelines of our planet that have attracted people for centuries. As a result, they are heavily polluted and become the main transport routes for waste into our oceans. In order to protect our oceans more efficiently, we have been positioning ourselves at the root – the world’s rivers – since the end of 2018. A logical step that brings several advantages.

  • No Sisyphean effort on confusing garbage patches
  • No danger to technologies from strong storms in the open oceans
  • Faster securing & faster protection of technologies thanks to proximity to the riverbank
  • Proximity to the countryside facilitates waste transportation and local recycling logistics
  • Maintenance work can be carried out more easily and cost-effectively

The collected waste also includes organic materials such as dead wood and waste that is not made of plastic, for example refrigerators and car tires. Before recycling, we naturally separate and sort all materials and feed them into different channels. Any form of waste that we remove from the water can cause damage to the environment.

We see waste as a valuable resource that we want to return to the cycle. The first step is manual sorting on site, which we implement together with our partners. We have built sorting centers in Cambodia and Thailand, for example. The individual material flows are then processed further depending on their condition. If they are recyclable, they are passed on locally. If not, they are sent for thermal recycling.

We are also part of the MIX-UP research project: the highest-quality approach that we are investigating with our MIX-UP partners is the biotechnological approach, in which we use bacterial cultures to convert and “upcycle” petroleum-based plastic into biodegradable plastics.

We work with drones that are equipped with cameras. By analyzing the images with the help of artificial intelligence, we are able to identify waste hot spots. In addition, we can use the technology of our partner, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), to make a statement about the type, composition and quantity of plastic.

Together with DFKI, we are also part of the PlasticObs+ research project, which has precisely this goal: The development of an artificially intelligent system for the global collection of data on plastic waste distribution in the environment with the help of drones and aircraft.

The information is particularly helpful in prevention work: we use it to support local governments, authorities and environmental organizations in finding the cause and taking countermeasures. Supplemented with weather and current data, we can also use our cleanup technology in a more targeted manner.

Taking responsibility together now

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