Organised cleaning of plastic litter from rivers?
I was commissioned by the Lectorate (applied research group) Sustainable River Management  to do a thesis research on the clean-up of Dutch rivers, using the value chain approach. The goal is to find bottlenecks in the plastic litter chain and advice the lectorate on how to optimise the removal and reuse of plastic litter. This could potentially result in a new approach to organising organisations in setting up a partnership for the systemic removal of plastic litter from our rivers!
I am still looking for respondents to interview. Are you involved -or do you know- of oranisations that are active in monitoring, catching, processing, reusing (recycling, upcycling etc.) plastic litter from rivers? Please let me know 🙂
The question is “what are the bottlenecks in the plastic litter chain that complicate the systemic removal and reuse of plastic litter from rivers?”.
So far, I’ve done some interviews already and I am getting a clearer image about the situation. But more respondents are required! Especially from parties that are responsible for river management and processing plastic litter.
Edit: An interview will take between 30 and 60 minutes. It preferably takes place at location, but can also be done through phone. The interview will be recorded, for qualitative reasons, it will be treated as confidential and won’t be shared with anyone else.
Hi @rutger ,
Be sure to also check the Ocean Plastic research topic which also leads to maps and links like e.g. the open litter map and the nurdle map which could lead you to the people you are looking for (especially the nurdle map is very river bound with regards to plastic pollution I noticed).
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