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.
The result of recycled plastic: a floating park
On 4 July 2018, the first Plastic Recycled Park has been opened in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven, called Floating Pavilion. Floating dirt from the harbors and rivers has been collected and processed into a floating park of 140 m2.
The goal of this iconic Recycled Park is to show that recycled plastic from the river can be a valuable raw material for reuse. By reusing the recovered plastic and making floating building blocks out of it, the building blocks provide a new landscaping This green floating park is an added value for the city and has an ecological function in the river as a habitat for snails, flatworms, larvae, water beetles and more.
In 2016. 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.