Litter Trap in Brüssels
Together with Audi Brussels and the Port of Brussels, in March 2019 the Audi Environmental Foundation and its project partner Clear Rivers have installed a litter trap in the harbor basin of Brussels.
The litter trap is a specially developed collecting basin, where the floating waste is flushed into a net, and retention devices prevent it from being washed out.
With this procedure, it can be ensured that no plastic reaches the ocean via the canal.
The litter trap was installed in the harbor basin and is emptied twice a week. The average amount of waste collected is one cubic meter per month.
The Pollution of our oceans with plastic waste is a global problem. The Audi Environmental Foundation aims at solving this problem together with Clear Rivers. Collecting basins in rivers and ports should prevent any plastic waste from entering the sea.
More than 98 percent of the waste floating in the rivers is located in the first meter below the surface and most of it is actually flowing only 5o cm below the surface.
This makes it possible to collect the waste in nets. With catch basins, preventing the debris from being washed back out by strong waves.
The waste is not only collected and recycled but it is also used for an innovative new purpose.
With a variety of techniques, such as pressing, welding and 3D printing, our project paqrtner produces hexagonal plastic islands, which can be connected and used as a floating park.
These should bring about a lasting improvement in the living space of the local residents as well as that of fish and other aquatic animals in the river.
The first floating park made from plastic waste was opened in July 2018 at the harbor basin in Rotterdam by Rüdiger Recknagel, Managing Director of the Audi Environmental Foundation, and Ramon Knoester, founder of the Recycled Island Foundation.
“We want to use new technologies like this to make our environment more livable”, said Recknagel. “The recycling of plastic waste is exactly in line with the objectives of our foundation. We are committed to ensuring a livable future for people, animals and plants.”
In addition to Brussels and Rotterdam, the Audi Environmental Foundation "Recycled Island" also supports the project at the Indonesian island of Ambon.
For 2019 the installation of more litter traps in international locations is planned.
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