The Global Declaration obliges signatories to commit to action in six areas: education, research, public policy, best practices, recycling/recovery, and product stewardship. As of the last progress report (2016), more than 260 marine litter projects have been planned, underway, or completed around the globe. Our projects range in size, focus, and scope and involve an ever growing number of partners. All are forging cooperation and furthering progress to prevent, reduce, and improve understanding of marine litter. At the present time this list does not reflect the entire universe of commitments.  We are currently working to get each project included here.  We will remove this notice when the entries are completed.

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Pechpropre

The French « Cooperative Maritime » with the support of the French government and the French Plastic value chain has started a project named “PECHPROPRE” (pêche propre = clean fishing) to be performed in 2017 and the 1st half of 2018. The scope of the project is to...
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Cool Seas Investigators (CSI – Challenge)

Litter is a major issue for our environment. It’s a threat to wildlife and impacts our ocean. It also affects the local community – it’s ugly, and is a financial burden. That’s why the Marine Conservation Society are working with the plastics...
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Identiplast

Since 1997, IdentiPlast, the number 1 event in Europe dealing with the recycling and recovery of plastics waste, has established itself a Centre of Excellence where “Best Practices” in the management of plastics waste are exchanged between all relevant...
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Knowledge transfer

According to the latest statistics, the EU 27 plus Switzerland and Norway are recovering 58% of their used plastics. The remaining 42% is still wasted on landfills, and huge disparities in recovery rates exist between European countries. Currentlly, nine countries...
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Love where you live

Love Where You Live is a new campaign that aims to inspire, encourage and enable us to make where we live, work and play the kind of place we really want it to be. It’s about making a difference ourselves, whether as individuals, groups, local authorities or...
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Mosa Pura

With the support of PlasticsEurope, the European Plastic Converters/Waste Free Oceans and Rijkswaterstaat (part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment), Zuyd Hogeschool will carry out a research project on the presence of floating litter in the river...
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Mussels and lugworm study

As part of its commitment to tackling marine litter, PlasticsEurope and EUPC have sponsored the University of Ghent to carry out research into the presence and distribution of micro-plastics in living marine organisms on the Belgian coast, with a focus on mussels and...
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PolyTalk 2016 : Zero Plastics To The Oceans

The Plastics Industry welcomes that the European economy is becoming more and more resource efficient and circular. Plastics are simply too valuable to be thrown away and should be properly collected, recycled or used for energy recovery. However, litter in our oceans...
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Seeking solutions for the north Sea

IMSA is forming a broad coalition whose goal is to assess the situation of plastics litter in the North Sea and identify solutions which would contribute to tackling marine litter globally. The coalition intends to review research gaps, waste management practices,...
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Spiagge e Fondali Puliti 2011

PlasticsEurope, through the consortium COREPLA, supports the program Spiagge e Fondali Puliti, a beach protection programme taking place in Italy and carried out by Legambiente. The programme seeks sustainable tourism, civic behaviour on the beach, recycling, law...
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Zero plastics to landfill

The European plastics manufacturers are concerned that despite the huge advances in waste management in certain countries in recent years, many EU member states are continuing to invest in landfilling as a cheap short term solution. Such policies create a significant...
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Goletta Verde

In light of the sea’s importance in our lives, an intense experience of seamanship on a boat only is vital as it helps understand its beauty and secrets. The cruises can last a day, a weekend (from Friday evening to Sunday evening) or people may agree with the...
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GESAMP

The Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), established in 1969, advises the United Nations (UN) on scientific aspects of marine environmental protection. The plastics industry has committed to provide GESAMP with...
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BIOCLEAN

BIOCLEAN is a European Funded Consortium under the FP7programme. BIOCLEAN includes 19 partners from 9 different and widely distributed European Countries and 1 from China. The Consortium includes different organisation types, namely: Universities (6), Research...
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Cuaderno de bitácora

Founded by sailing olympic champion Theresa Zabell, Fundación Ecomar is one of the most successful Spanish foundations in providing children with education on sports, ecology and healthy living. Targeting children in partnership with PlasticsEurope, it educates them...
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Marine Litter National Forum

PAGEV, The Turkish Plastics Industry Association, partnered in hosting the Marine Litter National Forum in 2014.  The Forum presented the latest information on the state of marine litter and invited open dialogue among the live audience.  More than 50 representatives...
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Waste Free Ocean “Happy Fish”

The Waste Free Oceans (WFO) “Happy Fish” or the Mutlu Balıklar program launched in 2012 under the leadership of Turkish Plastics Manufacturers Research, Development and Educational Foundation (PAGEV).  It is a cleaning apparatus, designed to collect litter...
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Operation Clean Sweep – France

While consumers are responsible for the proper disposal of the products they use, the plastics industry must focus on proper containment of its products. We must prevent the pellets from getting into waterways that finally lead to the sea. Along the value chain,...
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Project RAFU (Recycling of used agriculture films)

The French Agricultural Plastics Committee (CPA) and ADIVALOR have launched project RAFU (recycling of used agriculture films). When in 2011, ADIVALOR was due to collect about 35,000 tonnes of used farm film, the French Agricultural Plastics Committee (CPA) become...
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Waste-Free Oceans

France’s fishermen are being recruited to help fish out and recover floating marine debris in three coastal areas in France between 2012 and 2014. The three test areas are Honfleur, St. Jean de Luz and La Seyne sur Mer where high concentrations of marine litter have...
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Vacances Propres

Vacances Propres is a well established non-profit organisation that promotes responsible behaviour at holiday destinations like beaches and ski resorts. PlasticsEurope joined Vacances Propres as an official sponsor at the beginning of 2011. Created in 1971, by Franck...
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Spiaggia 101

A summer campaign intended to educate people about how to collect plastic waste. In 2011 it was run in cooperation with COREPLA (National Consortium for the Collection, Recycling and Recovery of Plastic Packaging Waste), promoted via national radio (Radio 1) and aired...
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Spiaggia e Fondali Puliti

Aimed at promoting sustainable tourism, this initiative sees volunteers coming together to help clean Italy’s beaches and sea beds at the beginning of the summer. The project also encourages civic behaviour on beaches, recycling and law enforcement, as well as...
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Operation Clean Sweep – Denmark

As in other parts of the world, Denmark is witnessing an increasing number of reports illustrating the amounts of litter carelessly discarded found on our beaches. Small items of litter or fragments of litter can be ingested by wildlife and affect their health. Some...
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North Sea Partnership

The DPF is working to establish a partnership with KIMO Denmark, Lemvig municipality on the west coast of Jutland, and the Danish Fishermen’s Association.Waste Free Oceans will also likely be involved. The partnership is aimed at identifying solutions for the...
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The Sea is Not a Dump

A highly successful second marine litter event brought together 27,000 high-level politicians, public affairs and public relations professionals, and NGOs to hear how the plastics industry is actively looking for solutions to marine litter. The main theme of the...
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Operation Clean Sweep – UK

Operation Clean Sweep has been operational in the UK for some time and already a large number of companies have signed the “Pledge to Prevent Resin Pellet Loss” to become an Operation Clean Sweep partner. The BPF has also published a manual entitled...
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Cool Seas Roadshow

The Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) Cool Seas Roadshow, which PlasticsEurope is a partner of, consists in giving fun, inspirational conservation presentations to primary schools throughout the UK. The Cool Seas Roadshow introduces primary school classes to...
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Operation Clean Sweep – Sweden

In recent years and with increasing frequency, researchers have been reporting that seabirds, turtles and fish are ingesting a wide variety of plastic items that are affecting their health. Most of these plastics are used consumer products (e.g. bottles, caps,...
Marine Litter Solutions

Operation Clean Sweep – Poland

In recent years and with increasing frequency, researchers have been reporting that seabirds, turtles and fish are ingesting a wide variety of plastic items that are affecting their health. Most of these plastics are used consumer products (e.g. bottles, caps,...
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Recycling Rejs

The PlasticsEurope Polska Foundation has implemented various ongoing projects in Poland aimed at preserving aquatic environment from littering. To this aim, the Foundation followed the recommendations issued by the “Global Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter”...
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Zero Pellet Loss – Germany

The German plastics manufacturers and the German chemical industry have jointly installed the project ‘Zero Pellet Loss’ under the well-established Responsible Care programme. Doing so, it shall be effectively prevented that plastic pellets as well as other...
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Study on Land-Sourced Litter

A study was commissioned as a contribution to action point 2 of the “Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter”: “Work with the scientific community and researchers to better understand and evaluate the scope, origins and impact of and solutions to marine...
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MOLOK

MOLOK produces so-called ‘deep collection systems’ which are essentially waste collection containers two thirds of which are positioned underground. Their ingenious design offers numerous benefits to users, such as more capacity, longer emptying intervals, improved...
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Ammässuo

A €120 mil. project has been started in Finland to build a plant that converts waste into energy. The aim is to turn the waste from the Ämmässuo landfill site into a source of energy, with fuel saving equivalent to 300,000 tonnes of coal per year. Ämmässuo, in Espoo,...
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Marlisco

MARLISCO (Marine Litter in Europe Seas: Social Awareness and CO-Responsibility) is a  project born within the Framework of the European Commission’s Framework Programme 7 (FP7) for research and innovation.  MARLISCO is a mobilisation and mutual learning action...
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Cuaderno de Bitácora

Fundación Ecomar is educating children on the value of the marine environment and teaching them how to deal with plastics waste, while developing and encouraging their passion for sailing. The collaboration began in 2011 with the Grimpola workshop, the theme of which...
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Preventing Pellet Loss

In recent years and with increasing frequency, researchers have been reporting that seabirds, turtles and fish are ingesting a wide variety of plastic items that are killing them or affecting their health. Most of these plastics are used consumer products (e.g....