November 2016

First 3 litter traps in Rotterdam!

In Rotterdam we are realizing the first three passive litter traps for marine litter. The first two are already finished. Before the end of this month all three litter traps will be in the water and in use. The platforms will ensure a structural retrieval of floating litter in our river and harbor. The retrieved plastics are used for the further growth of the floating park in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven.

The retrieval platforms are made possible by Citylab010.

Please watch our two minute video impression.

Video: Two minute impression Recycled Park

September 2017               

Recycled Park Ambon

In Ambon Indonesia we’re studying the placement of our passive litter traps. Ambon but also its bay is heavily polluted with plastic litter. Via rivers and the bay large amounts of plastic are entering the sea. Laura and Rein are on behalf of us in Ambon and are studying the possibilities to implement our experience and knowledge. Via a vlog Laura and Rein will give insight in their activities and findings.

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September 2017

Litter trap 1.3

In Rotterdam we continue to work on the optimization of our three litter traps. During the period of one year we’re monitoring and improving the functionality of our systems. At the end of this year we expect to conclude the pilot phase and to have found the most optimal form for litter retrieval.

September 2017

Recycled Park is growing

10m2 floating park is added to previously placed 15m2. Now there are five building blocks floating in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven. The new blocks are also a new typology. The previous placed blocks have soil on top, where the vegetation is not in touch with the water of the harbor. The blocks have an open structure. The roots of the plants grow through the blocks. Underneath the blocks a wild root structure will grow, creating a place for shelter and food for organism in the water.

Photo: Laura and Rein with the representative of: Ikmanema (local cissery association in the Moluccas). Photo: Placement plastic catcher 1.3 Photo: Added 2 new building blocks

September 2018                                          

From September 2017 we expended our team. Our current team exists of:

From left to right Lisa: designer, Jip: designer, Rein: RP Indonesie, Laura: RP Indonesie, Nienke: board member, Jeroen: board member, Maaike: project coordinator. Ramon: coordinator.

Photo: Team Recycled Island Foundation

December 2017

140m2 Recycled Park in Rotterdam

In the Rotterdam Rijnhaven we have already realized 25m2 floating park. In the spring of 2018 we will open 140m2 of new floating landscape. The realization of this prototype is in collaboration with the Rotterdam Municipality and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

December 2017

First passive Litter Trap in Indonesia!

In the bay of Ambon the first passive Litter Trap is taken into use. The trap is positioned in front of one of the river mouths and prevents floating litter from the river from entering the bay and sea.

Ambon is one of the islands in Indonesia that serious suffers from plastic pollution. Recycled Island Foundation works with its experience from Rotterdam on an integral solution.

Recycled Island Foundation is working together on this with also Rotterdam University and local organizations like Trash Hero Ambon, Lipi Research Centre and the Municipality of Ambon.

In Vietnam we are working with HZ University of Applied Sciences and Upp! UpCycling Plastic BV on a similar approach.

Photo: Pilot passive Litter Traps Ambon

Collage: 140m2 Recycled Park in Rotterdam

February 2018

New Employee - Maaike De Waele

Since February I am part of the Recycled Island team as project coordinator to strengthen the foundation. Before, during and after my study Water Management I have committed a lot (from different perspectives) with the plastic problem in waterways. Because of my love for water (as Water manager, Aquarius, surfer etc.) I feel really passionate about contributing in reducing the plastic soup. Another interested of me is exploring the world. I will combine this passions and use them at Recycled Island, so that we can work together towards a plastic free sea.

Photo: new employee (Maaike De Waele)

February 2018

First vlog Saparua

The Recycled Island Foundation is acting towards a plastic free sea. Together with the Rotterdam University we prevent plastic litter to enter the sea, currently on Saparua one of Indonesia’s Islands.

This is the first Vlog of our ongoing project.

Besides Saparua we are active in Rotterdam - the Netherlands, Ambon - Indonesia and Can Tho - Vietnam.

Video: First vlog students of Rotterdam University of Applied Science

May 2018
Permission floating park

In April we got the news that our license application for the realization of the floating park has been approved. Currently we are working together with our partners to realize the park, made from recycled plastic. Which will be implemented coming month in the Rijnhaven. Soon we will send a “save the date” about the opening of the floating park. Upcoming summer, you will be able to enjoy floating in the harbor of Rotterdam surrounded by greenery.

April 2018

Co-operation with Audi Environmental Foundation

At the end of April we went to Brussels to sign a cooperation agreement with the Audi Environmental Foundation. After our visit to Brussels, we were able to show the litter trap and the pilot of the floating park to Audi Environmental Foundation. Recycled Island Foundation is honored that Audi Environmental Foundation has chosen us as the organization that they want to support from their sustainable point of view. We of our foundation are looking forward to the projects that will arise from this.

April 2018                                 

 Vlogs Indonesia

The four students who are currently doing their research in Indonesia for the foundation, have made two new vlogs. Rob and Koen, based in Ambon, show us this time the scale of the plastic problem in the local river. They also went to the landfill where locals are already sorting waste. Ide and Menno present their research results on Saparua. Click on the pictures to open the vlogs.

Photo: visit of Audi Environmental Foundation

Video: Vlog Rob and Koen

Photo: 3D impression of Recycled Park

May 2018

Two new Litter Traps for Ambon, Indonesia

In the bay of Ambon two new concept Litter Traps are realized to stop plastics from entering the sea. In Indonesia we share our experience and knowledge on litter retrieval and effective reuse of plastics. The current Litter Traps are constructed from local materials with local support and collaboration. The process is shown in a series of vlogs. Hereby the vlog of the placement of the two new traps. The Litter Traps in Ambon are a first step for an international approach and follow up of our ongoing project Recycled Park Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

June 2018

Successful Litter Traps

In the Rotterdam harbor we have successfully completed the pilot with three passive Litter Traps. After 1,5 year of developing, testing and improving we have developed a system to capture floating plastics in rivers and ports. Preventing plastics to enter the sea and ocean. Our Litter Trap captures and contains floating litter despite ship traffic and tidal changes. Time lapse photos show the retrieved litter stays inside the trap until emptied for recycling purposes. The Litter Traps are implementable worldwide in ports, rivers and river mouths.

The Litter Traps are developed in collaboration with Hebo Maritiemservice with the support of the Rotterdam municipality.

June 2018

140m2 Recycled Park realized

In the Rotterdam harbor our prototype is reaching its finalization. After almost five years of designing, plastic retrieval, recycling, fund raising and intensive collaboration we will proudly open the prototype on July 4th. The floating park will illustrate what the potential is in the creation of new floating landscapes with recycled plastics as material. The park is constructed in a variation of hexagonal building blocks, from which a divers landscape is created. The floating park contributes to greening the city and the improvement of the ecosystem in the Rotterdam harbor. Currently we are exploring new locations for this concept.

Video: Recycled Park is open

Video: Successful Litter Traps

Video: 2 new Litter Traps in Ambon