4ocean Bali: The cleanup equipment

Transport vehicles

To operate efficiently and reduce our carbon emissions, we use a variety of vehicles to transport our crews, equipment, and recovered materials around the island.

Scooters + motorbikes

Bali has many narrow streets, which is why scooters and motorbikes are the main method of transportation for most island residents, including our crews who use them to travel to and from work and for other activities. Not only are these vehicles less expensive than cars, they also consume less fuel which helps keep our carbon footprint low.


Trucks are used at all of our locations in Bali to transport recovered debris back to our bases. Trash from our Denpasar and Medewi locations are transported to our Jembrana location by truck for final processing at our lumber facility where our baling and flaking machines are located.


The van at our Jembrana location is used to transport our coastal crews to and from cleanup locations that are a good distance from our main base. It’s also used to transport trash when our crews have had a particularly impactful day and our trucks are at capacity.

The van at our Denpasar location is generally used to transport bracelet components to our artisans who live and work in towns and villages across the island. It’s also used to transport finished goods to freight forwarders like DHL that will bring those goods to you.

Material processing machines

Once trash has been sorted at each of our locations, it’s transported to our facility in Jembrana for processing. We use a variety of machines to support the massive intake of plastic and other recovered debris at this location. These include a trash shaker, sorting conveyors, and glass crusher as well as custom baling and flaking machines that were designed specifically to fit within our Jembrana facility by local manufacturers in East Java.

The river trash we collect is often covered in dirt and mud. The trash shaker is used to remove contaminants from recovered debris before it’s sorted.

The sorting conveyor is used to maximize the efficiency of our hand sorting process, which is required to ensure that each piece of recovered debris is disposed of in the most sustainable way possible.

Our custom baler compresses sorted plastics into a bale that’s easier to transport and can process up to 10 tons of plastic every eight hours, depending on the type of plastic.

Our custom flaking machine prepares recovered ocean plastic for recycling by washing it and shredding it into small flakes. This machine can process up to 3 tons of plastic every eight hours depending on the type of plastic.

The glass crusher pulverizes our recovered ocean glass to prep it for recycling. Once crushed, recovered ocean glass is transported to recycling partners who use it to make new products like our clear glass bracelet beads.

Crew gear

Buffs + Face Masks

The safety of our crews is paramount. While they’ve always used buffs to protect themselves from the sun and contaminants, we’ve also equipped them with reusable face masks to add another layer of protection during the pandemic.

Life vests

Our ocean crews always wear life vests with an Indoensian National Standard (SNI) license to ensure they’re safe even on the roughest seas.


Some of the debris we recover can be especially heavy or have blunt or sharp edges that could cause injury on impact. That’s why sorting crews that work near large piles of debris are required to wear helmets that will protect their heads in the event that debris falls from the pile.

Walkie Talkies

Cell reception can be a bit dodgy for our ocean and river crews, which is why they’re always given walkie talkies before they go out to clean. Not only do our crews use these units to communicate with each other, they’re also used by our ocean crews to communicate with the harbormaster and local fishermen regarding the weather and areas where trash is accumulating.

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The birthplace of 4ocean

Our founders grew up in Florida and made their living from the ocean, but Bali is where they truly began to understand the severity of the ocean plastic crisis and its impact not just on marine life, but on the coastal communities that, like them, relied on the health of the ocean to survive. Click the button below to explore the sources of plastic pollution in Indonesia and see the island that inspired the clean ocean movement.

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4ocean Bali’s cleanup strategy

We chose to launch our first international cleanup operation on the island of Bali not just because it’s the birthplace of 4ocean, but because it strategically places us in areas where we can have the biggest impact.

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