Who We Are

 
 

Renew Oceans is a non-profit organization working to reduce ocean plastic pollution where it begins—in populous river-adjacent communities in the developing world.

Our scalable approach involves a deep engagement of local communities, which includes partnership with community leaders, collaboration with and fair incentives for individual waste pickers, and a localized plastic pollution infrastructure that encompasses land and water collection, diversion from ocean current flow, and conversion of low-value plastics to diesel fuel.

We integrate innovative systems and technology that not only address solid plastic pollution (like water bottles), but also, for the first time in our regions of focus, create end markets for soft plastics—opening up new financial opportunities and improving quality of life for our network of waste pickers.

Our work will divert significant amounts of ocean-bound plastic waste from polluted rivers and their tributary systems.

We will begin with Renew Ganga, a dedicated project near the Ganges riverbanks in Varanasi, India.

 
 
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The Team

 
 
 
 
Priyanka Bakaya  Founder & President

Priyanka Bakaya Founder & President

Sumeet Bodington  Chief Development Officer

Sumeet Bodington Chief Development Officer

Edward Rowe  Head of Operations

Edward Rowe Head of Operations

Vishal Kumar  General Manager

Vishal Kumar General Manager

 
 
Aayushi Bhardwaj  Community Engagement Manager

Aayushi Bhardwaj Community Engagement Manager

Mallika Arya  Outreach Manager

Mallika Arya Outreach Manager

Rahul Singh  Impact Manager

Rahul Singh Impact Manager

Rishabh Sinha  Environmental Engineer

Rishabh Sinha Environmental Engineer

 
 

Our Sponsors

 
 

Founding Global Oceans Sponsor

 
 
 

with support from