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SOLUTIONS

Initiatives being carried out around the world

We strive to highlight all the experiences and solutions that we learn of. An exponential impact requires knowing each other, sharing, hybridizing and scaling. 

Companies, NGOs, technology centers, universities, governments and organized/unorganized civil society. Together we are a global HUB of shared knowledge and experiences, accelerating the clean-up and conservation of waterway ecosystems.

4ocean Project Guatemala

4ocean Project Guatemala

4ocean is expanding cleanup operations into one of the most plastic-polluted regions of the world: Central America. From the operational base in Puerto Barrios, 4ocean can ork with local communities to change plastic consumption habits; recover millions of pounds of ocean plastic and harmful marine debris, and test key river cleaning technology.

Ran Marine Technology WasteShark

Ran Marine Technology WasteShark

Hoping to eliminate some of the multi-million tons of plastic in our oceans, the Danish company RanMarine Technology has developed an aquadrone that sucks up garbage from the water. It’s called the WasteShark, and it can “eat” up to 200 liters of trash in one trip.

The Ocean Cleanup The Interceptor

The Ocean Cleanup The Interceptor

The Ocean Cleanup develops advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic. Solving it requires a combination of closing the source and cleaning up what has already accumulated in the ocean and doesn’t go away by itself.

Blue Ebro and waste collection prototype

Blue Ebro and waste collection prototype

This group has developed a prototype in collaboration with the UPC. (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTECH) The goal of this system is to collect floating debris of all sizes, without interfering with the kayak’s standard navigation. The system is only activated by the kayaker when trash can be seen, and it is then stored alongside the boat during high-performance navigation when no waste is in sight.

Storm Water Systems

Storm Water Systems

Storm Water Systems’ Bandalong Boom system was recently tested by University of Kentucky, College of Engineering, Department of Biosystems and Agriculture Engineering in their hydraulics laboratory using a different type of trap currently employed by cities across the U.S.. The video shows the effectiveness and efficiency of the Bandalong Boom system in low to high velocity flow.

Allegheny River & Watershed Clean-up

Allegheny River & Watershed Clean-up

Since 2005, almost 4,700 volunteers have donated more than 35,500 hours and have removed about 820 cubic yards of trash from the watershed. They have pulled out television sets; microwave ovens; lawn chairs; refrigerators; 55-gallon drums; more than 16,782 tires and more than 147,000 pounds of recyclable metal. Countless bags have been filled with recyclable metal, glass, plastic and aluminum.

Living Lands and Waters River Cleanups

Living Lands and Waters River Cleanups

Since 1998, Living Lands & Waters has worked on 24 rivers in 21 states and has hosted 1,145 community-based cleanups. LL&W hosts dozens of community river cleanups each year to help watershed conservation efforts with the assistance of thousands of volunteers.

Ternua y el Mater Museoa La costera del plastifish

Ternua y el Mater Museoa La costera del plastifish

To retrieve plastic from the Ulia-Jaizkibel region, the brand Ternua and Mater Museoa (the last fishing boat made of wood) have submitted an ambitious sustainability project called “La costera de plastifish” to the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA). Plastifish refers to all the pieces of rubbish that are floating in our waters.

The Great Bubble Barrier

The Great Bubble Barrier

We create a bubble screen by pumping air through a tube with holes in it, which is located on the bottom of the waterway. The Bubble Barrier creates an upwards thrust, which brings waste to the surface of the water. By placing it diagonally in the waterway, the Bubble Barrier uses the natural current to guide the plastic to the catchment system at the riverside. Both ships as fish can pass the Bubble Barrier, but plastic will be stopped.

H2OPE

H2OPE

H2OPE has developed an innovative solution for the collection of waste in aquatic environment, based on the principle of a collector network, capable of retaining wastecirculating along watercourses.After a detailed phase of study, H2OPE locates its waste collectorson strategic points of the waterway, where drifting or semi-submerged objects are likely to accumulate, like a natural dam, before being recovered to integrate the recycling and revalorization process.

Drainage nets

Drainage nets

The Australian city of Kwinana has designed a simple and cost-effective solution to deal with the discharge of waste from drainage systems. The town has put nets on the outlet of drainage pipes. These nets stop waste and pollutants from leaving the sewers, preventing garbage transported by rain waters from contaminating the town's local water reserve. It is a simple filtering system and it works like a charm.

Self-built floating trash collectors

Self-built floating trash collectors

This project that was first launched in the Motagua River, and Guatemala’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources plans to extend it to rivers throughout the country. The main goal is to collect floating trash. After visiting several rivers in Huehuetenango, environmental authorities decided to implement it in the Azul River, a popular tourist destination.

Bandalong Litter Trap

Bandalong Litter Trap

Is a floating device installed at strategic locations along waterways to collect and retain floating litter, vegetation and other debris. The system operates silently without any mechanical assistance, capturing and retaining debris ready for removal and disposal. Bandalong Litter Traps are suitable for most waterways wider than 2 metres, including waterways subject to tidal action, rivers, streams, channels and open bodies of water.

Rivercleaning

Rivercleaning

Current solutions include boats with draft systems, net systems or barriers that temporarily close the river’s viability. The river cleaning system is made up of a series of floating devices, positioned diagonally on the course of the river, intercepting plastic waste and transporting it to the river bank, in a special storage area. Low environmental impact, modular and able to adapt to any watercourse.

Urban rivers robot

Urban rivers robot

Urban Rivers has developed a robot that collects rubbish from the Chicago River. The robot connects to the internet allowing it to be controlled from anywhere in the world and web users can also make donations to help pay for maintenance costs.

Clearrivers

Clearrivers

Recycled Island Foundation introduces an all-inclusive approach to marine litter. Although CLEAR RIVERS  is new as a brand, the organization benefits from five years of experience in plastic retrieval, recycling and education. In the Netherlands, Belgium and Indonesia, successful projects are already ongoing with Litter Traps, cleanups, education and a range of circular products developed such as Litter Traps, a floating park, furniture, and building materials.

Litter Gitters

Litter Gitters

Coca-Cola is a partner in the 2019 work plan for Proctor Creek, specifically for the Trash Free Waters project along with several other organizations including the City of Atlanta , Groundwork Atlanta and the Environmental Protection Agency. It also floats on waterways but is supported by polyethylene pipes held in place by chains attached to anchors or poles. Collection booms funnel litter through a one-way gate where trash is held until removed.

The DLT

The DLT

Is a cost effective, robust and easily maintained gross pollutant trap. The DLT series is a range of small to medium sized gross pollutant traps that assist in the effective capture and removal of litter and other debris from piped stormwater systems. The units are designed to treat stormwater runoff generated by rain events through to regular, concentrated and extreme events. Designed in Australia and manufactured in Tasmania, the DLT is the result of a collaboration between Syrinx Environment

Mr. Trash Wheel!

Mr. Trash Wheel!

This innovation intelligently utilize the currents of the river as the main power to turn the water wheel which could bring the trash and debris into its dumpster barge. There is also a solar panel which was installed in order to provide assistance power if the current is not strong enough. This whole process is pretty much self-automated and then Mr. Trash Wheel will be towed away by boat when the dumpster is full! What's make this so awesome is that, all the trash collected would be incinerate

River Cleaner

River Cleaner

River Cleaner, an automated river waste removal station, utilizes natural water flow to remove floating river waste. River Cleaner collects waste by using natural water current to gather and collect without consuming additional energy. The river current drive the underwater turbine blades causing the screw conveyor to pick up floating waste from the water.

The Canal Cleaner

The Canal Cleaner

Our approach to jointly solving the problem reflects the contours of the Dutch polder model. Our system builds on a traditional Dutch water technique. A solution that moves as much as 95% of the floating plastic from the water to the shore. REALLY DURABLE The plastic disposal solution is low in power consumption and low maintenance. Installation, adjustment and monitoring can only be arranged within a few hours.

TrashBooms

TrashBooms

…are a quick and simple solution to passively stop floating waste in rivers at the spot. The system is made of several aligned elements, each 120cm long, and covers the water surface (up to 60cm deep). TrashBooms are suitable for wide areas with low flow speed. It adapts to the water level and is self-aligning.

BolinaBooms

BolinaBooms

Our unique Environment Booms are ideal for permanent debris and pollution control at vulnerable sites where a constant risk exists - industrial sites, nature reserves, harbours or marinas, pumping stations, water treatment works, screens, grills, dam spillways etc. Our environment booms are now the toughest of their type with a standard 26 ton material break load.

Blue Barriers

Blue Barriers

Highest collection effectiveness – 100% in standard conditions, 92% in flooding conditions. Tested by University of Florence. Stop also the waste under the water surface. Minimum maintenance required Permanently Solve the issue – designed to resist to any river condition No Impact on River Life No Impact on Navigability

Biomatrix Water

Biomatrix Water

By integrating ecology and engineering we deliver solutions which build on the power of nature. We create habitats & improve biodiversity, designing beautiful living waterscapes and natural water quality and wastewater treatment solutions which bring water to life.

Rioslimpios sup-vs-sup

Rioslimpios sup-vs-sup

It is about collecting floating plastic garbage at the mouths of the Valle de Bravo rivers aboard paddle surf boards. This is a highly innovative way to clean rivers, lakes or the sea. This initiative allows the whole family and even pets to get together, turning this activity into something that anyone can enjoy.

EnviRo-Enhancer.

EnviRo-Enhancer.

DESMI trash systems utilize proven DESMI booms and tide compensation accessories as an integral part of the system. Performance, simplicity, and durability are the watchwords for the EnviRo-Enhancer. It serves to contain much of the floating surface debris while allowing smaller particles and most naturally occurring materials suspended in the water column to pass through.

The Thames Project

The Thames Project

The real danger are the microfibers and micoplastics that act as magnets and attract toxic pharmaceutical chemicals which they release inside marine life, possibly humans. We need to expose these dangers to our communities and make them aware about these dangers and inspire them to take action. I have a blog about the hidden plastic in our dinner.

Seabin

Seabin

The V5 Hybrid has been optimised to have the lowest carbon footprint possible in both manufacturing and energy consumption, its not perfect but we are working on it. Depending on the location of the Seabins and technology available, solar, wind, water and wave power may be used. Where available by energy providers, green energy or solar credits may also be used to power the Seabins.

Elastec Trash

Elastec Trash

Elastec manufactures trash and cebris boom for temporaly or permanent projects in calm, protected or open water situations. We manufacture boom in 50 and 100 ft. lengths (or in custom lengths) and various fabrics, float heights, skirt lengths, tensile strengths and buoyancy ratios.

Tecno-Grabber

Tecno-Grabber

Keep the environment free of waste thanks to the new Tecno-Grabber® collection system, is affordable, reliable and easy to install. TecnoConverting Engineering has developed this containment system, made of an ultra-resistant plastic, each unit is capable to stand up to more than 100kg of weight and can be reused. We perform all the appropriate hydraulic calculations to size the deflector screen, made entirely of stainless steel, along with the hydraulic and resistance engineering calculations t

Plastic Whale

Plastic Whale

COME FISHING…. FOR PLASTIC! Fun and sustainable Help make Amsterdam plastic-free with the first plastic fishing company in the world! Plastic fishing has become a very popular activity in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Jump aboard and we organize an unforgettable experience! The plastic we collect is recycled into furniture and more boats—the same kind of boat we’ll use on our outing.

BluePhin

BluePhin

BluePhin is a smart robot that can collect floating waste in commercial water bodies. It is one of the world’s most technologically advanced waste management solutions. It collects plastic, algae and other debris to tackle marine pollution in lakes, ponds, canals, marinas, ports and coastlines.

PortBin TrashTrawl

PortBin TrashTrawl

PortBin TrashTrawl collects floating marine waste from rivers. It is based on the same principles as a high current boom system from the oilspill recovery world. It will collect larger volumes of waste cleverly using the river current itself. No external energy needed. It is not hindering boats and other traffic on the river. The waste ends up in a large mesh sack, easily emptied when filled up.

The Recycled Mississippi

The Recycled Mississippi

The Recycled Mississippi expedition aimed to promote public awareness of the need for clean rivers, less landfill waste, and the elimination of single-use plastic containers. Here are some of the Mississippi River legends, a peak into the micro plastic studies happening in the Gulf of Mexico, and a look at some of the numerous river angels that have made our trip all the more special.

S.O.S Ríos Limpios.

S.O.S Ríos Limpios.

It is a comprehensive program, which includes short, medium and long term actions. The first measure will begin today, here in the Rio Grande de San Miguel basin, with the extraction of solid waste ”, said the Minister of El Salvador, Fernando López.

Beirut River Forest

Beirut River Forest

It is an initiative to connect the Lebanese mountain range with the Mediterranean Sea with a green corridor along the Beirut River. On either side of the river, we will grow trees from native species that will serve as public areas for people to visit, walk, learn about and be around biodiversity, enhancing livability while providing much-needed green infrastructure as an alternative to the carbon-intensive conventional approach. There will be benches and signs explaining the different species

Cleaning rivers Panama

Cleaning rivers Panama

Documentary that talks about the re-socialization programs in the prisons of Panama. Ministry of Environment (Government of Panama)

Greenpeace volunteers

Greenpeace volunteers

No, this is not a distant beach. This is happening here in our country. The overproduction and abuse of single-use plastics has led our environment to this situation, and these images are just one example of what is repeated all over the planet: millions of tons of plastic waste entering the oceans every year. It's time for the brands behind this overproduction of packaging to change this maelstrom of plastics. Ask them to remove their fucking plastic:

Waste Free Oceans

Waste Free Oceans

Waste Free Oceans (WFO) is a non profit foundation whose main goal is to reduce the global impact of marine litter. WFO's operations focus on marine litter clean-ups and “Closing the Loop” projects, where new products are designed and produced from the collected ocean waste. WFO brings to the HUB its strong connections within the European plastics converting and recycling industries and extensive experience in recovering, recycling and reusing of marine plastics.

FreshWater Watch

FreshWater Watch

Global project investigating the health of the world’s freshwater ecosystems. The main parameters measured are nutrient concentrations, algal blooms, suspended sediment, bank and in-stream vegetation, hydrological and ecological conditions. It combines an online portal and a mobile app, with collected data visualised in real-time. The team is exploring new microbiological and optical instruments to increase citizen scientist’s capacity to monitor water quality.

VeryNile

VeryNile

VeryNile is a youth-led initiative founded in Cairo with the aim of cleaning the Nile. It has removed 57 tons of garbage from the Nile with the help of more than 4,600 volunteers. IVeryNile initiated the 'Reviving Cairo Fishermen' project, which aims to empower community through an environmental process of collecting recyclables from the water, compensating every kilo collected, and transforming and upcycling the recyclables.

Garbage Boat Collectix

Garbage Boat Collectix

Our garbage boats clean rivers and canals and thus automatically protect the marine ecosystem. Technological innovation and ecological inspiration are combined for a sustainable future.

Chemolex

Chemolex

Our goal is to ensure that our activities in cleaning and greening brings a behavioral change that will address waste disposal from the household level.

SevenCleanSeas

SevenCleanSeas

Our mission is to preserve the marine environment by ridding the ocean of plastic for good. We exist to clean, conserve, and educate. Our seas and oceans are the most important ecosystem on Earth. We want to help protect all the wonderful life which call them home.

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