26 Feb 2021
Newly funded EU projects kick-off their path towards prevention, removal and reuse of marine plastic litter
MAELSTROM and In-No-Plastic are the two sister projects, recently funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, which aim at developing and integrating innovative technologies for marine litter removal.
MArinE Litter SusTainable RemOval and Management (MAELSTROM) is coordinated by the Italian organisation Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) and had its official launch on 1 January 2021. The project’s main objective is to provide answers and diversified solutions to the complex question of removal and sustainable treatment of marine litter legacy. MAELSTROM is bringing together key stakeholders – from research centres and recycling companies to marine scientists and robotic experts – to leverage the integration of complementary technologies for the sustainable removal of marine litter in different European coastal ecosystems.
Innovative approaches towards prevention, removal and reuse of marine plastic litter (In-No-Plastic) began its mission on 1 October 2020. Coordinated by the Norwegian organisation SINTEF AS, the project’s goal is to develop and demonstrate nano-, micro, and macro-plastic clean-up technologies in the aquatic ecosystems. The technical approaches that In-No-Plastic is going to implement compromise of comparing the existing removal propositions, with multiple developing technologies at varying testing sites in Europe and in the Caribbean for the removal of nano- micro-, and macro-plastics. The project will also investigate different recycling methods, aiming to connect plastic removal with circularity.
You can also support the innovative initiatives by following their Twitter accounts:
MAELSTROM – @H2020Maelstrom
In-No-Plastic – @InNoPlastic2