PlasticFreeDanube – Macro plastic waste in and along the Danube

Presentation of the final project results

Plastic waste has become a global environmental hazard. Around 80 % of plastics polluting the world’s oceans are transported via rivers. However, sources and input pathways of plastics into the rivers and its environmental impacts remain widely unclear.

PlasticFreeDanube focused for more than 3 years on macro plastic waste (> 5 mm) in and along the Danube river between Vienna in Austria and the hydropower plant Gabčikovo in Slovakia and parts of its riparian area. The overall aim of the project was to establish a scientifically sound knowledge base as well as a methodological approach on plastic waste in and along the river in terms of entrance points, quantities, transport patterns, and environmental threats. Awareness raising events and workshops were part of the project as well.

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