4ocean Guatemala is making a difference

421,000 pounds pulled and counting!



See just how far we’ve come!


Puerto Barrios

Our first location opened in Puerto Barrios in August 2020 with just one boat captain and two crew members employed. By mid-December, our crew had grown to 18 full-time employees with three full-time boat crews. In February 2021, we hired two more full-time crew members. Now, we have 20 full-time crew members that conduct daily cleanup missions in the local bay between Santo Tomas and Puerto Barrios, Punta de Palma, Bahia la Graciosa, and the point of Punta Manabique which supports 20 families in Puerto Barrios, Livingston, and Entre Rios.


San Francisco del Mar

In November 2020, we opened a satellite location in San Francisco del Mar and hired 15 full-time employees from the local community to manage our operations, which covers the entire coastline from Punta Manabique to San Francisco del Mar and from San Francisco del Mar in the direction of El Quetzalito. With our temp projects and full-time employees, 4ocean has helped a total of 40 families in this location alone.


El Quetzalito

Our second satellite location in El Quetzalito became operational in December 2020. We currently employ 29 part-time employees who will transition to full-time employees in March 2021. The crews here focus on recovering plastic from the coastlines on both sides of the Rio Motagua and the work they do supports 29 families in Las Vegas, Media Luna, Quintiles, and Quetzalito.


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The full story of 4ocean Guatemala

Discover the causes of plastic pollution in Guatemala

It’s estimated that 80% of ocean plastic comes from “mismanaged waste” on land. In Guatemala, there’s just one official basurero, or garbage dump, for the entire country. It’s in the nation’s capital of Guatemala City and it’s currently the biggest landfill in all of Central America. Over a third of the country’s total trash ends up in the Guatemala City basurero each year, but not all of it stays there.

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See how 4ocean is addressing plastic pollution in Guatemala

Preventing plastic from entering the ocean is the crux of our strategy in Guatemala. Instead of sending vessels into the open ocean, our crews will focus on recovering plastic from the Rio Motagua and high-impact areas along the eastern coastline where massive amounts of trash accumulates.

Explore Our Strategy

Meet the people behind 4ocean Guatemala

Opening a new cleanup division really takes a village. It’s a slow and laborious process even at the best of times, let alone in the middle of a global pandemic. But thanks to the clean ocean movement and the herculean efforts of the crew members you’re about to meet, 4ocean Guatemala is not only open, but thriving.

Meet the Team

Explore the tools we use to recover ocean plastic in Guatemala

Let us show you all of the tools and equipment we’ve invested in to keep our crews safe and maximize our impact in Guatemala. Remember that this is what you make possible every time you shop 4ocean and pull a pound of trash.

Explore Equipment

Tour our main operational facility in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala

It takes a lot of time and resources to open a new cleanup division. Thanks to the clean ocean movement, we purchased an empty tract of land in Guatemala where we could build an entire operational base from the ground up. Located in the thriving port city of Puerto Barrios, our newest base now features a new sea wall, boat ramp, weighing station, sorting facility, bailers, storage yards, and even a shipping container that’s been converted into a solar-powered office!

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How we recycle our recovered ocean plastic in Guatemala

After our recovered ocean plastic is weighed, documented, and sorted at our Puerto Barrios facility, it’s transported to Tecnologia Textil Avanzada, or Advanced Textile Technology (TTA), a recycling facility located just outside of Guatemala City. This is where our recovered ocean plastic is transformed into the 4ocean Plastic™ pellets we’ll use to make new products that raise awareness about plastic pollution and fund our global ocean cleanup operation.

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Plastic pollution has a human impact

See what it’s like to live in an area that’s heavily impacted by plastic pollution. Join us as we travel hundreds of miles along the Rio Motagua from the Guatemala City basurero, or garbage dump, to El Quetzalito, a small village at the river mouth that’s working hard to become the last stop for river plastic and see how plastic pollution impacts quality of life not just for the residents of El Quetzalito, but communities around the world.

Visit El Quetzalito


Our global ocean cleanup operation is funded by you

Every pound of trash you pull helps advance our mission of ending the ocean plastic crisis. And now, there are more ways to support the clean ocean movement than ever before!