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 (2018), more than 355 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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Marine Litter Platform

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) launched a Marine Litter Platform to foster collaboration between the government, brands, retailers, academics, NGOs, manufacturers and recyclers to deliver the best solutions to this global problem. The plastics industry and over...
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Silakkasoutu – A Herring Row for A Clean Baltic Sea

In January 2017, the Finnish Plastics Industries Federation took part in the 5th Silklifting marine research event around Helsinki. Silakkasoutu is the kick start for famous herring market, an ancient tradition in Finland. More than a dozen people from our stakeholder...
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Circular Economy: LIFE PlasTex

The Croatian Association of Plastics and Rubber Industry (HGK), in cooperation with Croatian Utility Association as well as the Faculty of Chemical Technology worked to establish a circular economy system for waste plastics and textiles, to enable to return valuable...
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Plastics: Too Valuable To be Thrown Away

Plastics: Too Valuable To be Thrown Away is an educational project for citizens and public administration, promoted by the Croatian Chamber of Economy (CCE), and Association of Plastics and Rubber Industry. It’s aimed to the marine environment protection, to enhance...
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MSC Cruises trial

The MSC Cruises trial is an annual plastic packaging recycling initiative. MCS cruises separately collect plastic packaging on board and cruise ships dock at Italian ports to direct the collected waste to the nearest recycling facilities. After the operational costs...
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Riciclaestate (Summerecycling)

    Riciclaestate (Summerecycling) is a historic Legambiente awareness campaign, that started in 2005, on sustainable tourism and recycling in 90 coastal municipalities of Campania and Liguria. During the three months of the campaign, a real tour takes place,...
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Ocean Plastic: One Ocean Forum

The One Ocean Forum is an international event for sharing knowledge, cooperating and improving awareness about ocean plastic and overall environmental sustainability.  It is intended to become a regular event to promote effective actions related to marine...
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La Plastica in Vacanza (Plastics on holiday)

  La Plastica in vacanza is a yearly summer institutional campaign launched by Corepla in partnership with the Ministry of Environment to promote proper waste management and reduce plastic litter while on holiday; this year we changed ADV Agency and the claim which is...
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European Week for Waste Reduction

European Week for Waste Reduction is a yearly initiative co-financed by the European Commission’s LIFE+ programme since 2009, aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. The...
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Marine Awareness Project: EmergenSEA

  EmergenSEA is a marine awareness project, that took place throughout June 2017, on marine litter and environmental protection together with Marevivo whose claim is Everyone can do something to defend the sea. Italian actor Alessandro Preziosi is the testimonial of...
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RI-ciclo in tour (Recycling in tour)

  RI-ciclo in tour is a road-show, that took place in the second half of July 2017, to inform about the best practice on plastic packaging management. The name of the initiative takes origin from the employment of special cargo-bikes to reach the main spots of the...
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Pellet Loss Prevention: Port of Antwerp

In Europe, Antwerp is the leading port in plastic pellet production, handling and distribution. This makes it an ideal location to launch a new collaboration between the local companies engaged in the prevention of pellet loss. The Port of Antwerp authority (PoA),...
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Müll und Unratsammelsack

Müll- und Unratsammelsack (Garbage collection bag) is an initiative of the German Canoeing Association (DKV) supported by Team Kunststoff (PlasticsEurope) to increase litter collection. It is meant to encourage and enable canoeists to collect garbage they find during...
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Gemeinsam für mehr Gewässerschutz

Joint folder Gemeinsam für mehr Gewässerschutz is a folder published jointly by the German associations for rowing, canoeing, sports diving and sailing, and by Messe Düsseldorf, K fair, boot fair,Team Kunststoff and PlasticsEurope Deutschland. The folder is...
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Bincentives

  As part of the CSI: Litter Challenge project, which the British Plastics Federation and PlasticsEurope ran with Marine Conservation Society, schools were challenged to develop an anti-litter campaign. The winning school was Hampton High School in London who used the...
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Solutions to Littering: For Fish’s Sake

For Fish’s Sake (#FFSLDN) is a project to find solutions to littering which the British Plastics Federation supported and was run by Hubbub Between May and October 2017.  The project was based on The Thames in London and was aiming to help Londoners to understand how...
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Plastic Recycling: Plastimobile, Belgium

Plastimobile is a plastic recycling education exhibit for school children that started in 2012. The Exhibit is a mobile workshop that recycles plastics and allows children to witness how plastics are crushed and transformed to create new plastic objects. The Project...
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Marine Pollution: Interreg Med ACT4LITTER

The Interreg Med ACT4LITTER project, that started in September 2016, aims to facilitate efforts for tackling marine pollution in Mediterranean MPAs through the development of effective and targeted measures towards reaching their conservation objectives via an...
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Amsterdam Clean Water

Amsterdam Clean Water was founded in September 2016 by the municipality of Amsterdam, Waternet, Port of Amsterdam, Plastic Soup Foundation, PlasticsEurope the Netherlands, The Dutch Federation of Rubber and Plastics Industry-NRK and Berenschot, as part of a large...
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Ocean Plastics: 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 to address ocean plastics. The...
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Cool Seas Investigators CSI Litter Challenge

  The British Plastics Federation and PlasticsEurope worked with the Marine Conservation Society on a new project for UK schools in years 5-8 (8-13 years) called CSI: Litter Challenge. CSI: Litter Challenge used problem-based learning to teach young people about...
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IdentiPlast Recycling Research Conference

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 on recycling in Europe

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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Mosa Pura Maas River Cleanup

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 marine research project on the presence of floating litter in the...
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PolyTalk 2016: Zero Plastics To The Oceans

Marine litter is an important challenge we face today. It is a very complex issue affecting our world’s oceans, seas and rivers, harming wildlife, fisheries and tourism in Europe and around the world. In 2016, we offered PolyTalk as a platform to identify and...
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Seeking Solutions for Plastics Litter in the North Sea

IMSA is forming a broad coalition whose goal is to assess solutions for plastics litter in the North Sea which would contribute to tackling marine litter globally. The coalition intends to review research gaps, waste management practices, business models and consumer...
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Zero Plastics to Landfill – Europe

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 Italy

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: Protection of the Marine Environment

Completed – November 2015 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...
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BIOCLEAN Consortium

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 in Spain and Portugal

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 hosted by PAGEV

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 to address ocean litter under the leadership of Turkish Plastics Manufacturers Research, Development and Educational Foundation (PAGEV).  It is a cleaning apparatus,...
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Operation Clean Sweep – France Program

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 eventually lead to the sea, and Operation Clean Sweep...
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Project RAFU: Agricultural Plastic Recycling

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 – Destination Waste Reduction

Vacances Propres is a well established non-profit organisation that promotes responsible behaviour at holiday destinations like beaches and ski resorts by encouraging proper waste disposal. PlasticsEurope joined Vacances Propres as an official sponsor at the beginning...
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Spiaggia 101 in Italy

A summer campaign intended to educate people about how to collect plastic waste to prevent plastic in the ocean. In 2011 it was run in cooperation with COREPLA (National Consortium for the Collection, Recycling and Recovery of Plastic Packaging Waste), promoted via...
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Spiaggia e Fondali Puliti – Italy Beach Cleanup

Aimed at promoting sustainable tourism, this initiative sees volunteers coming together for a beach cleanup to help 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...
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Operation Clean Sweep – Denmark Program

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 to Improve Plastic Waste Collection

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 Event in Denmark

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 Program

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 in the UK

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 Program

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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Operation Clean Sweep – Poland Program

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 in Poland

The PlasticsEurope Polska Foundation has implemented various ongoing projects in Poland aimed at addressing marine litter issues. To this aim, the Foundation followed the recommendations issued by the “Global Declaration for Solutions on Marine Litter” signed by...
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Zero Pellet Loss Initiative – 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 in Germany

A study was commissioned to look into land-sourced litter 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...
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Waste Collection: MOLOK Underground Waste Receptacles

MOLOK produces so-called ‘deep collection systems.’ These 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 waste to energy conversion plant. 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, is...
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Marine Litter: Marlisco FP7 Project

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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Preventing Pellet Loss in Europe

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....