How does litter end up in the rivers?
The Clean Europe Network believes it is crucial to link up land-based litter prevention campaigns and marine litter reduction programmes if the problem of marine litter is to be solved. Good data on the source of litter, its main pathways to the sea and the effects of litter reduction programmes are crucial to solving the problem of marine litter.
No national programmes are in place to monitor litter levels in the freshwater environment, as no consistent method is in place to monitor land-based litter in Europe.
Based on Feasibility Study, the Clean Europe Network is currently developing a toolkit, which should help users to identify hotspots where litter enters the freshwater environment and evaluate appropriate abatement measures.
What is being assessed?
- Litter sources
- Litter types
- Abatement measures
This toolkit is being pre-piloted and partnered by local authorities on 4 locations in 4 European countries. Results of this pre-piloting programme will constitute the framework for future piloting on a much larger scale across Europe.