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We are excited to announce that we have recently installed a new Litter Trap in Westdorpe, along the Gent-Terneuzen Canal! The installation will prevent plastic pollution from reaching the Western Scheldt and eventually the North Sea.

The Litter Trap is a passive device using the water current and wind to capture floating debris. The recovered plastics will be analyzed, monitored and made available for recycling. As part of CLEAR RIVERs' educational program, we will work on this project together with students.

Within the 1st week, the Litter Trap already captured 1m3 of floating debris!

We would like to express our deep appreciation to our invaluable sponsors and partners— Heijmans, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners in the Netherlands and Rijkswaterstaat—for their collaboration, without which this project would not have been possible.

We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to the employees of the Port of Rotterdam who chose to devolve their Christmas gift to a good cause. Your generosity has had a tremendous impact on our work to keep the Port plastic-free.

We would also like to express a heartfelt thanks to the Port of Rotterdam Authority for their generous donation and unwavering support. These donations empower us to achieve our mission and serve as an inspiration for others to join us in this important cause.

Together, we can create a cleaner and healthier marine environment, and each contribution represents a significant step towards achieving a plastic-free sea.

Updated: May 30

Exciting times are ahead as we proudly welcome several exceptional individuals to our international team, each bringing their unique skills and passion to drive positive change.

Let us introduce João and Bianca, two dynamic professionals who have joined our ranks as Project Managers.

Meet João Vieira, a construction engineer whose journey is marked by passion, innovation, and a drive to make a positive impact. João completed his studies in construction engineering management at the University of Portsmouth, where he honed his skills and gained valuable industry insights. During his placement year, he worked as a project manager at Barraqueiro Transports in Portugal, focusing on the impact of emerging technologies in the heavy-duty transport industry. Eager to contribute and get a better knowledge of new cultures, João then embarked on a volunteer experience in Sao Tome and Principe, where he dedicated his time to managing and restructuring a waste processing plant. Beyond his professional pursuits, he finds joy and relaxation in the exhilarating world of surfing and the strategic nature of tennis.

Originally from Bologna, Italy, Bianca has spent the past eight years in Northern Europe braving the cold and rainy weather. She is a passionate environmentalist and versatile professional, holding a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a Master of Arts in International Relations. Bianca's dedication to driving positive change was first concretized through her co-founding of Resiliearth, an NGO committed to raising awareness and providing solutions to address the pressing issue of plastic pollution. Her deep commitment to sustainability issues was further consolidated during internships at international organizations, where she gained valuable experience in communications, marketing, and stakeholder engagement. In her free time, Bianca enjoys cooking, reading, and discovering new things. Whether it's traveling, visiting museums, vintage shopping, or simply spending quality time with friends, she enthusiastically embraces every opportunity to embark on new adventures. Additionally, Bianca has a deep appreciation for sports of all kinds and is also a fitness and movement instructor.

But our team expansion doesn't stop there. We are also thrilled to welcome Rahmat and Iqbal as Project Assistants, who will be making a valuable impact on education and awareness initiatives in Ambon, Indonesia.

Let us introduce Iqbal Masuku, a law student with a keen interest in international issues. As a former language teacher, he possesses strong communication skills and a deep appreciation for diverse cultures. Currently expanding his knowledge in environmental studies, Iqbal is dedicated to addressing the legal challenges surrounding waste management and climate change. His passion for creating positive change through education and policy is an invaluable asset to our team.

Meet Rahmat Alamin Maba, a senior-year communication student from Ambon, Indonesia. Having witnessed the degradation of his beautiful city due to plastic waste, Rahmat is determined to contribute to addressing the lack of public awareness and waste management strategies. Through the Ambon Plastic Free project, he actively seizes the opportunity to make a positive impact on his community, particularly through engaging with elementary school children.

We are excited to have João, Bianca, Iqbal, and Rahmat on board, bringing their expertise and enthusiasm to our team as we work together towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

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