Green Horeca Week 2018

Horeca België nodigt dit jaar voor de eerste keer alle Belgische horecazaken uit om van 8 tot
en met 14 oktober hun inzet voor het milieu in de kijker te zetten.
Horecazaken die meedoen met de ‘Green Horeca Week’ moeten aan minstens één van de 3
grote uitdagingen voldoen: de voorkeur geven aan lokale producten, een oplossing voorzien
voor voedselverlies en drastisch het gebruik van plastic verminderen.

Via Nieuwe Maas komt er minder plastic in zee

Rotterdam houdt met plasticvangers drijvend afval tegen. Wat de Delftse ex-student Boyan Slat van plan is op de oceaan, doet Rotterdam al in het klein: plastic opvissen. In de Nieuwe Maas liggen platforms die drijvend plasticafval moeten tegenhouden voordat het in zee terechtkomt. Vandaag worden ze met enig ceremonieel in gebruik genomen.Lees verder


Clean up any plastic litter as early as possible

Do not delay until tomorrow what you can do today. This is especially true when it comes to keeping plastic waste out of our environment. The most difficult and hence the worst place to remove plastic waste from the environment is the plastic soup. After all, its area is gigantic and spreads across the oceans, outside of territorial waters. That is why no single specific country feels responsible to clean it. And even if such would be the case, this requires the effort of far more than one country, taking into account the size and complexity of the problem. For that reason, we should remove any plastic waste out of the environment as soon as possible, and at the latest before its enters the sea via a riverine estuary.

For this purpose we cooperate with specialists and focus on specific cleaning actions. To remove plastic pollution from a river before it enters the sea via its estuary, technology and engineering will need to lend us a helping hand.

Despite all the research already done and the installations already designed and built, additional research is still necessary to create a system that is capable to effectively and efficiently catch and remove plastic pollution from a big river such as the Scheldt or Rhine before it reaches the open sea.


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.