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Litter picks: 31kg of litter removed from the environment in only an hour

Last month (Thursday, June 9, 2022), the student association Sea Ti Zen, supported by ISblue, PepSE and the Interreg Preventing Plastic Pollution project team, organised a litter pick to mark World Ocean Day.

The call launched by Sea Ti Zen rallied 26 people, including students and staff from the Technopôle. After only an hour of picking up litter, following a grid pattern throughout the Technopôle, 31 kg of waste were collected by the volunteers. Plastic, glass, cardboard, around 20 masks and nearly 500 cigarette butts were collected.

The waste was then sorted following a European protocol (OSPAR type) to classify it and better understand its sources. This activity contributes to one of the objectives of the Interreg project Preventing Plastic Pollution, which is to remove 200 tons of plastic from the natural environment. The joint waste sorting was an opportunity to discuss the impact of plastic pollution on the aquatic environment. The event ended with a social gathering at the Pôle Numérique Brest-Iroise.


Article first published on the IUEM website 

Photo credits: Mallorie Bodériou / CNRS