On a mission to clean rivers

Our mission

River Cleanup is a global network organization on a mission to clean rivers by empowering people, preventing pollution, and accelerating change.

The Source


Why do plastic-free rivers matter to you? Whatever your personal motivation is, today you can take action. We're gathering a small and dedicated group of 5 to 10 philanthropists to support our organizational capacity. So we can evolve from a startup to scale-up and reach our ambition of 1 000 plastic-free rivers by 2050. By committing multi-year support, you allow us to plan for the future, creating efficiency and stability. You'll be one of our most visionary partners and our most outspoken champions.


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Our impact

  • 5445


  • 252871


  • 3540038

    kg recovered

Our approach


First objective is to clean up and make people aware of the problem by showing them trash can be found in and around the river where they grew up, live or work. In addition, we deploy smart technologies in rivers to continuously collect trash and stop the inflow of trash in our oceans.


Second aim is to educate and inspire students from elementary school to universities on the issue and allow them to have the same eye-opening experience while picking up trash for the first time.


We organize teambuilding cleanups combined with workshops on how to reduce the use of single-use items at home, at work and in society. Doing so we create a network of organizations, scientists & researchers, businesses and policy makers in order to create cross-border solutions.