the recycled island foundation is a young organization whose aim is the retrieval of debris found in rivers and river mouths and the sustainable re-use of these plastics, illustrated in rotterdam’s prototype floating park. ‘when we retrieve the plastics directly in our cities and ports we actively prevent the further growth of the plastic soup in our seas and oceans,’ explains the foundation’s initiator, ramon knoester, ‘the realization of the building blocks in recycled plastics is an important step towards a litter free river.’ in order to collect debris, the foundation developed three passive litter traps which were tested, monitored and optimized for a trail period of 1,5 year. the litter traps are able to capture plastics by using the existing stream of the river, and keep them trapped even when the direction of the stream changes.
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