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Volunteers now have access to their own container to store the collected litter.

Recycled Island Foundation, Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Mangement) and the Municipality of Maassluis join forces to support the clean-up actions in Maassluis. Every month, volunteers, together with Recycled Island Foundation, clean the banks of the Nieuwe Waterweg from plastic waste. This prevents it from ending up in the open sea.

Thanks to the support of Rijkswaterstaat, the container is available to store the collected litter before Recycled Island Foundation sorts and recycles the plastic. The recycled plastic is used as a building material for Litter Traps and floating parks, which are placed in rivers and harbors. In this way, the plastics can have a positive ecological value in waterways.

On Saturday morning, May 18th, we will come together for a festive opening of the container, combined with a short clean-up. We gather at 09:30 at the tunnel of the Merellaan, on the Waterweg side. From 10:30 we toast with a snack and a drink at the container. The equipment for the cleanup will be provided by Recycled Island Foundation.

The European Social Innovation Competition is a challenge prize run by the European Commission and partners, across all EU Member States and Horizon 2020 countries. The European Social Innovation Competition supports early-stage ideas and facilitates a network of radical innovators who are shaping society for the better.

In September 2019, we’ll know if we’re selected for the finals. We have the aim to develop a modular Litter Trap with a capacity suitable for heavily polluted rivers.

Find out more about the competition here:

Together with Audi Brussels and the Port of Brussels, the Recycled Island Foundation and its project partner the Audi Environmental Foundation have installed a specially developed Passive Litter Trap in the harbor basin of Brussels. This plastic trap is designed so that waste floating in the water is flushed into a basin, where retention devices prevent it from being washed out again and thus ensure that no plastic reaches the open sea via the canal. The port of Brussels is already the third site for the Recycled Island project, following Rotterdam and the Indonesian island of Ambon.

Recycled Island Foundation is currently exploring several international locations for similar Litter Trap implementations. In the spring we will open a public call for further support and collaborations in this. For information you may already contact:

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