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CD 50 and their local actions to prevent plastic pollution

The department of La Manche (CD50) is one of 18 partners on the Preventing Plastic Pollution project, with actions focused in the Baie des Veys, located in the east of the department. These activities unite researchers, environmental NGO’s, the council, and citizens in a participatory approach for the collection and analysis of plastic pollution at a catchment scale.

By joining forces with the scientific partners on the project (Ifremer and LABOCEA), a study of plastic pollution in the bay is underway. To date the Baie des Veys shows a concentration of polyethylene microplastics of 0.3 to 0.1 mm, one of the most used types of plastic, like for the manufacture of water bottles.  Single-use food wrappers and pouches used in the oyster farming were also recorded.

While these studies continue, other types of action are being developed within this pilot site, such as raising awareness among schoolchildren, but also local residents and river communities, with the installation of shore bins along riverbanks. 80% of the plastics found at sea comes from a land source, so these bins help prevent plastic pollution by tackling the problem upstream.

These bins, located along the river Vire, invite walkers to collect the litter they find. This waste is then sorted, weighed and sent to PPP project scientists, and will contribute to the analysis of plastic pollution hotspots in 9 river catchments in France and England.

70 bins have already been installed by the National Association for the Protection of Waterways and Rivers (ANPER) in the department of the Manche, and hundreds of kilos of waste, 40% of which is plastic, have already been collected by the general public.

At the last PPP partnership meeting, which took place in Saint at the end of September, project partners had the opportunity to visit one of these shore bins; an opportunity to exchange ideas on the collection and analysis activities taking place across all the pilot sites of the project.

photo credit: S. Beckingham