Plastic litter is prevented from entering the North Sea.

Floating parks realized by recycling the plastics to platforms.


June 2016

Recycled Park in full progress

The first Recycled Park will be realized in Rotterdam before the end of 2016. Together with the Rotterdam Municipality and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment we are working on the realization of 150m2 floating park. This floating landscape is constructed from river litter.

November 2015

Mechanized sorting a succes!

It is possible to mechanized sort river litter. With two big bags of river litter we went to the test facility of Tomra. Result is a mechanized sorting in organic, glass, paper and plastic material. Even the different kinds of plastic are sorted succesfully, bringing us a step closer to large scale recycling.

19 September 2015

Harbor cleanup Rotterdam

With 30 volunteers part of the Rotterdam harbor is cleaned from its plastic litter. The cleanup took place in collaboration with ECT, RWG, APM Terminals Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam.

The collected plastics will be used for the realization of the Recycled Park prototype.

September 2015

Passive litter collector

For the efficient and continious retrieval of plastic litter a passive litter collector is developed. The platform uses the natural stream of the river to collect the litter. We are proposing multiple of these litter collectors in the harbor to optimize the catch. The platform will be emptied on a weekly basis so that the plastic can be used as a building material for Recycled park.

The litter collector is developed by WHIM architecture and HEBO maritiemservice.

September 2015

Recycled park Teaser

The progress of Recycled Park is captured on video for the documentary ‘Recycled Park, the making of’. A teaser can already be viewed here.

July 10 2015

First part Recycled Park in Rotterdam

This week we present the proposal for a prototype Recycled Park in Rotterdam. This will be the first part of Recycled Park in the world. We are working together with partners in Belgium and England to also implement the principle of Recycled Park in London and Antwerp: River pollution is retrieved before it reaches the sea. The plastics are recycled as building material for new floating nature landscapes that improve the ecosystem in the river and the living environment in the city. The first plastic is successfully recycled at the Wageningen University and we are speaking with different partners to fundamentally start the plastic retrieval in the river.

June 25 2015

First bag Recycled Park handed over

Students of Amsterdam university support Recycled Park with cotton bags that replace single use plastic bags. The profit of selling the bags is going to our Recycled Island Foundation. This week we handed the first bag at the TU Delft for their contribution to Recycled Park.

May 18 2015

First river plastic recycled

Of the retrieved plastics from the New Meuse samples of recycled plastic are made by the Wageningen University. The samples vary in combinations of plastics and reinforcement. The different samples are analyzed in strength, water- and UV-resistance. With the conclusions of this research we can find the most suitable recycler to take Recycled park into production.

April 18 2015

Collaboration Greenpeace in Rotterdam

Together with Greenpeace and 50 volunteers we cleaned the Rotterdam harbour of litter. A video rapport of this event can be viewed here: VIDEO

March 30-31 2015

Guest in London

Invited by Thames21 and the Port of London Authority. In London river pollution is already under concern for more than 10 years. This takes place with the help of more than 9.000 volunteers but also with 9 plastic litter traps. These litter traps catch a part of the floating plastic, in the Thames, and are a good example for Rotterdam.

March 21 2015

Guest speaker 36 hours challenge

International students are challenged to build a prototype for floating buildings.

March 20 2015

Lecture and workshop at the HvA

Students of the University of Amsterdam are challenged to do something about the plastic use within the University.

16 March 2015

Partner within the Kunststof ketenakkoord

Within the Ketenakkoord Kunststof Kringloop social initiatives, companies, universities and government institutions are connected to a common traject. Together they explore how to support each other and benefit from each other network. The main aims are: to solve and prevent plastic litter and the retrieval from the environment (including rivers and oceans). The involved organisations will have valuable results within two years.

February 19 2015  

Analysis and sorting of the plastics

The analysis and sorting of the plastics that we took from the New Meuse has begun. This is done by the Wageningen University that will also test the best recycling technique for us. The progress of Recycled Park is filmed to form a short documentary that we will present at the launch of the Recycled Park prototype.

February 09 2015  

Big Bag No. 2, 3 and 4 are delivered at Wageningen University (WUR).

The Big Bags are full with (plastic) litter, that we retrieved from the New Meuse. The WUR will analyze and sort the plastics for us. Then we will continue the recycling research to create floating parks with the plastic pollution in the city of Rotterdam.

January 28 2015  

Presentation at Crowd Force Rotterdam

Crowd Force Rotterdam is an accelerator for Rotterdam initiatives that make the city more vital and attractive. Via Crowd Force founders and Rotterdam businesses are connected to bring initiatives a step further. More info:

January 22 2015  

Presentation Big balls in the plastic soup!

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In Hotel Droog, Amsterdam

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January 20-23 2015  

Presentation at Infratech 2015

Recycled Park is presented in collaboration with Urban Green and VPdelta. InfraTech is a two yearly event for the infrastructure and takes place in Ahoy Rotterdam.

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January 19 2015

The first Big Bag with litter from the New Meuse is delivered at Wageningen University (WUR).

The WUR will analyze and sort the plastics for us. Then they will recycle the plastics with different techniques to find the most suitable for the creation of Recycled Park.

January 13 2015

Businessplan voor Reycled Park

Students of the Rotterdam University presented their business plan for Recycled Park. We are very pleased with their enthusiasm and recommendations to take Recycled Park to the next level.

December 2014  

Encouragement prize within the Water innovation prize 2014.

Recycled Park together with Drijvend Groen received the encouragment prize. The Unie van Waterschappen every year hands out the Water innovation prize to innovative water projects that can be implemented and result in dry feet, clean and sufficient water.

December 2014

Recycled Park presented on Malta

On invitation of the Dutch Embassy we presented our approach to plastic pollution. The Sea around Malta is earnestly polluted with plastics, this requires a structural approach. The unique position of Malta has a lot of potential to react to the plastic pollution and to give it a new value.

November 2014

Collaboration with the Sea First Foundation

In Belgium the Sea First Foundation wants to retrieve the plastic pollution in the Schelde.  Because of the similar goal it is a valuable collaboration to also retrieve the river pollution in Belgium.

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October 2014

Collobaration with the Plastic Soup Lab

Ramon Knoester, WHIM architecture signed the agreement to find support with the Plastic Soup Lab.

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July 2014

Recordings for documentary: Too Good To Waste

Recycled Park takes part in the short documentary on waste in the harbor of Rotterdam.

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June 25 2014

Symposium Sleutelen aan stofstromen

Innovation platform at Kunsthal, Rotterdam

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June 13 2014

Lecture Recycled park at iSea Clash of the Concepts

Presentation by Ramon Knoester, WHIM architecture at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.

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May 24 - August 2 2014

Exhibition COMING SOON: Real Imaginary Futures

Recycled Park is part of this exhibition by bureau europa, Maastricht

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23 April 2014

Lecture Recycled park op de Make A Difference Week 2014

Presentation by Ramon Knoester, WHIM architecture on the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

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Photo Big Bag no. 2, 3 and 4 delivered at Wageningen Universiteit

Photo analysis and sorting waste New Meuse at Wageningen University

Collaboration with Greenpeace and 50 volunteers to clean the Rotterdam Harbor of plastic litter.

Photo visit to London and one of the Litter traps in the Thames

The first recycled plastic from the New Meuse by Wageningen University.

Photo collage Recycled Park prototype at Rijnhaven Rotterdam.

First cotton bag to support Recycled Park handed over at TU-Delft.

Recycled park Teaser.

Photo: Sorting machine Tomra with river litter from the New Meuse (Nieuwe Maas).

Photo: Harbor cleanup with ECT, RWG, APM Terminals Rotterdam and Port of Rotterdam.

3D impression passive litter collector.

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Photo collage: Planned realization of the first Recycled Park in Rotterdam

Photo presentation at Malta enterprize

Photo Plastic Fisher in Nieuwe Maas, Rotterdam

Photo Award ceremony Water innovation prize

Photo plastic litter taken from Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam

Photo presentation Business plan Recycled Park

Photo first Big Bag litter from the New Meuse delivered at Wageningen University

Photo first three building blocks Recycled Park in the Rotterdam harbor

September 2016

First 15m2 Recycled Park!

Recycled Park is under construction. During the World Port Days Rotterdam we presented the first three blocks of Recycled Park.

Please see the video of the launching.

The next months the park will further grow to the planned prototype realization of 150m2 in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven. Spring 2017 we want to open this park to the public.

November 2016

First 3 litter traps in Rotterdam!

In Rotterdam we are realizing the first three passive litter traps for marine litter. The first two are already finished. Before the end of this month all three litter traps will be in the water and in use. The platforms will ensure a structural retrieval of floating litter in our river and harbor. The retrieved plastics are used for the further growth of the floating park in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven.

The retrieval platforms are made possible by Citylab010.

Please watch our two minute video impression.

Two minute video impression Recycled Park January 2017