This week marks a new beginning in Rotterdam: the Recycled Park will begin to retrieve litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas) river, preventing it from being washed out to the sea. An initiative of the Recycled Island Foundation and created by WHIM Architecture, this park is a local response to the global issue of plastic pollution in bodies of water. Every single river and ocean is highly polluted with plastics, and the litter just keeps increasing. Rotterdam aims to limit outbound plastic waste by collecting it in these floating platforms and transforming it into a building material. This concept will be expanded to other rivers around the country, and will serve the additional purpose of creating a breeding ground for aquatic plants and native mussels, thus nurturing a new and healthy river ecosystem.
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