It’s now februari 2015. It has been some time since my last contribution on this blog and a lot has happened.
First of all, I am (something like) retired. That means that I have no formal employer anymore. It took some time to adjust to that new status, but now I am settled in this situation and the possibilities and time to follow my “plastic waste” passion have only grown.
Secondly, the Foundation Waste Free Waters is formally established in August 2013 as an independent organization aimed at reducing river litter flowing into the sea. Our slogan is: Waste Free Waters: a Matter of Facts!
Thirdly, Waste Free Waters contributed to a very interesting and challenging European project to identify the amount of litter that is present in a number of European rivers and which is transported to the 4 European Seas: the Baltic Sea, the North Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea. This project took place during almost the entire year 2014 and in a later post I will tell more about the findings of this project. We learned a lot!
Finally, we now know how to measure river litter. The year 2015 will be a year to develop new methods to sample the riverine flow of litter in all sorts of conditions and to engage in projects on a European scale to mitigate this problem. The lessons learned from the “Schone Maas” project will be applied in new initiatives in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe.
I keep you posted!
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