Prevention is better than cure

It is always better to prevent than to cure, and that certainly is the case concerning riverine plastic pollution. It might be difficult to imagine, but an important part of all plastic waste that is littering our streets, fields, forests, roads and riverbanks finally ends up in the Plastic Soup. This happens via waterways, starting with the sewage system and brooks which lead to canals and smaller waterways which in their turn again lead to bigger rivers that transport all this plastic waste to open sea and to the Plastic Soup.

To prevent this, we shall all have to cooperate. In essence, it is quite easy: make sure not to cause any plastic litter. Plastic litter belongs in the garbage bin.  And if you do notice any plastic litter in our environment, take it up and remove it as fast as possible. Do not let it continue its journey to the Plastic Soup.

To this end, Zero Plastic Rivers wants to inform and sensitize people and incentivize them to actively prevent plastic littering.

An action map to structure cooperation

Since literally everybody can help in this matter, Zero Plastic Rivers appeals to everybody to help: companies, governmental and non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, civilians, schools, … .

We do this in cooperation with “De Mooimakers” (The Cleaners), a governmental initiative that wants to motivate and help volunteers to take actions against riverine plastic pollution in a structured and organized way.

The Action Map of “De Mooimakers” allows you to claim voluntarily take responsibility to keep a part of Belgium litter-free. This is possible via this link: actiekaart.

If you choose to remove plastic litter in the neighborhood of rivers, canals, brooks and other waterways, you will actively help to realize Zero Plastic Rivers and to slow down the growth of the Plastic Soup.

But you can also help in different ways, e.g. by informing your family, friends, colleagues and neighbors about the problem of plastic pollution and by asking them to help preventing the littering of plastic.

Zero Plastic Rivers is keen to hear about your initiatives and will support you if possible.