Plastic litter is prevented from entering the North Sea.
Floating parks realized by recycling the plastics to platforms.
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.
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.
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.
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-
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
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. www.kunststofkringloop.nl
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!
In Hotel Droog, Amsterdam
More info: http://www.hoteldroog.com/events/
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.
More info: http://www.infratech.nl/
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.
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.
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.
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.
More information: http://www.seafirst.be/en
Collobaration with the Plastic Soup Lab
Ramon Knoester, WHIM architecture signed the agreement to find support with the Plastic Soup Lab.
More information: http://www.plasticsouplab.org/
Recordings for documentary: Too Good To Waste
Recycled Park takes part in the short documentary on waste in the harbor of Rotterdam.
More information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCO90lo1-
June 25 2014
Symposium Sleutelen aan stofstromen
Innovation platform at Kunsthal, Rotterdam
More information: http://www.sleutelenaanstofstromen.nl/
June 13 2014
Lecture Recycled park at iSea Clash of the Concepts
Presentation by Ramon Knoester, WHIM architecture at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam.
More information: www.rijkswaterstaat.nl/isea
May 24 -
Exhibition COMING SOON: Real Imaginary Futures
Recycled Park is part of this exhibition by bureau europa, Maastricht
23 April 2014
Lecture Recycled park op de Make A Difference Week 2014
Presentation by Ramon Knoester, WHIM architecture on the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
More information: www.makeadifference.nu
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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-
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.
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
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.
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