Rotterdam catches floating plastics
Rotterdam catches – a part of – the floating plastics and other debris.
Plastics in the oceans have to be reduced.
It’s the mission of the Dutch student Boyan Slat and now extended by the city of Rotterdam.
Rotterdam, capital of the North Sea Delta in the Netherlands, launched three platforms to catch floating plastic debris before it enters the sea.
Last year, Rotterdam posted three plastic traps at strategic locations along the riverside to stop flowing the waste before it reaches the North Sea and disappears in the sea. The collected plastics will be reused and shown as a kind of floating city park, made by artists.
A first step towards a plastic-free river
Ramon Knoester, promoter of the initiative:
“If we absorb all the plastic in the city and in the harbor, we are contributing to decrease the expansion of the plastic soup in our seas and oceans.”
The architect has developed the plastic traps. Until now, the harvest is not as big als he expected. But his is optimistic:
Based on what is found on the banks, we expect to collect 10 to 20 tons of plastic per year. It will be roughly a quarter of the plastic that flows through the River Maas.
The costs of the three plastic catchers was 200,000 euros. The money has been raised by the municipality, the government and private funders. If the first three platforms are functioning as desired, the number of platforms will be expanded to eight.
Video Recycled Park by WHIM Architecture
About the river Meuse
The river Meuse is a 950 kilometer long river in Western Europe. Because it’s mainly fed by rainwater, the water level can vary a lot. The Meuse rises in France, then still flows through Belgium and the Nederlands. In the Netherlands, the Meuse – one of the major rivers that flows in the river Delta, the water flows into the North Sea.
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