Plastic litter is prevented from entering the 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.

Photo: 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.

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

Photo: Collage Recycled Park prototype at Rijnhaven Rotterdam.

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

Video: 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.

Photo: 3D impression passive litter collector

Photo: Collage plan 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: 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 harbor of Rotterdam

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.

Video: Two minute impression Recycled Park

September 2017               

Recycled Park Ambon

In Ambon Indonesia we’re studying the placement of our passive litter traps. Ambon but also its bay is heavily polluted with plastic litter. Via rivers and the bay large amounts of plastic are entering the sea. Laura and Rein are on behalf of us in Ambon and are studying the possibilities to implement our experience and knowledge. Via a vlog Laura and Rein will give insight in their activities and findings.

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September 2017

Litter trap 1.3

In Rotterdam we continue to work on the optimization of our three litter traps. During the period of one year we’re monitoring and improving the functionality of our systems. At the end of this year we expect to conclude the pilot phase and to have found the most optimal form for litter retrieval.

September 2017

Recycled Park is growing

10m2 floating park is added to previously placed 15m2. Now there are five building blocks floating in the Rotterdam Rijnhaven. The new blocks are also a new typology. The previous placed blocks have soil on top, where the vegetation is not in touch with the water of the harbor. The blocks have an open structure. The roots of the plants grow through the blocks. Underneath the blocks a wild root structure will grow, creating a place for shelter and food for organism in the water.

Photo: Laura and Rein with the representative of: Ikmanema (local cissery association in the Moluccas). Photo: Placement plastic catcher 1.3 Photo: Added 2 new building blocks

September 2018                                          

From September 2017 we expended our team. Our current team exists of:

From left to right Lisa: designer, Jip: designer, Rein: RP Indonesie, Laura: RP Indonesie, Nienke: board member, Jeroen: board member, Maaike: project coordinator. Ramon: coordinator.

Photo: Team

December 2017

140m2 Recycled Park in Rotterdam

In the Rotterdam Rijnhaven we have already realized 25m2 floating park. In the spring of 2018 we will open 140m2 of new floating landscape. The realization of this prototype is in collaboration with the Rotterdam Municipality and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

December 2017

First passive litter trap in Indonesia!

In the bay of Ambon the first passive litter trap is taken into use. The trap is positioned in front of one of the river mouths and prevents floating litter from the river from entering the bay and sea.

Ambon is one of the islands in Indonesia that serious suffers from plastic pollution. Recycled Island Foundation works with its experience from Rotterdam on an integral solution.

Recycled Island Foundation is working together on this with also Rotterdam University and local organizations like Trash Hero Ambon, Lipi Research Centre and the Municipality of Ambon.

In Vietnam we are working with HZ University of Applied Sciences and Upp! UpCycling Plastic BV on a similar approach.

Photo Collage: Pilot passive litter traps Ambon

Collage: 140m2 Recycled Park in Rotterdam

February 2018

New Employee - Maaike De Waele

Since February I am part of the Recycled Island team as project coordinator to strengthen the foundation. Before, during and after my study Water Management I have committed a lot (from different perspectives) with the plastic problem in waterways. Because of my love for water (as Water manager, Aquarius, surfer etc.) I feel really passionate about contributing in reducing the plastic soup. Another interested of me is exploring the world. I will combine this passions and use them at Recycled Island, so that we can work together towards a plastic free sea.

Photo: new employee (Maaike De Waele)

February 2018

First vlog Saparua

The Recycled Island Foundation is acting towards a plastic free sea. Together with the Rotterdam University we prevent plastic litter to enter the sea, currently on Saparua one of Indonesia’s Islands.

This is the first Vlog of our ongoing project.

Besides Saparua we are active in Rotterdam - the Netherlands, Ambon - Indonesia and Can Tho - Vietnam.

Video: First vlog students of Rotterdam University of applied science

May 2018
Permission floating park

In April we got the news that our license application for the realization of the floating park has been approved. Currently we are working together with our partners to realize the park, made from recycled plastic. Which will be implemented coming month in the Rijnhaven. Soon we will send a “save the date” about the opening of the floating park. Upcoming summer, you will be able to enjoy floating in the harbor of Rotterdam surrounded by greenery.

April 2018

Co-operation with Audi Environmental Foundation

At the end of April we went to Brussels to sign a cooperation agreement with the Audi Environmental Foundation. After our visit to Brussels, we were able to show the litter trap and the pilot of the floating park to Audi Environmental Foundation. Recycled Island Foundation is honored that Audi Environmental Foundation has chosen us as the organization that they want to support from their sustainable point of view. We of our foundation are looking forward to the projects that will arise from this.

April 2018                                 

 Vlogs Indonesia

The four students who are currently doing their research in Indonesia for the foundation, have made two new vlogs. Rob and Koen, based in Ambon, show us this time the scale of the plastic problem in the local river. They also went to the landfill where locals are already sorting waste. Ide and Menno present their research results on Saparua. Click on the pictures to open the vlogs.

Photo:  visit of Audi Environmental Foundation

Video: Vlog Rob en Koen

Photo: collage floating park

May 2018

Two new litter traps for Ambon, Indonesia

In the bay of Ambon two new concept Litter Traps are realized to stop plastics from entering the sea. In Indonesia we share our experience and knowledge on litter retrieval and effective reuse of plastics. The current Litter Traps are constructed from local materials with local support and collaboration. The process is shown in a series of vlogs. Hereby the vlog of the placement of the two new traps. The Litter Traps in Ambon are a first step for an international approach and follow up of our ongoing project Recycled Park Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

June 2018

Successful littertraps

In the Rotterdam harbor we have successfully completed the pilot with three passive Litter Traps. After 1,5 year of developing, testing and improving we have developed a system to capture floating plastics in rivers and ports. Preventing plastics to enter the sea and ocean. Our Litter Trap captures and contains floating litter despite ship traffic and tidal changes. Time lapse photos show the retrieved litter stays inside the trap until emptied for recycling purposes. The Litter Traps are implementable worldwide in ports, rivers and river mouths.

The Litter Traps are developed in collaboration with Hebo Maritiemservice with the support of the Rotterdam municipality.

July 2018

140m2 Recycled Park realized

In the Rotterdam harbor our prototype is realized. After almost five years of designing, plastic retrieval, recycling, fund raising and intensive collaboration we will proudly open the prototype on July 4th. The floating park will illustrate what the potential is in the creation of new floating landscapes with recycled plastics as material. The park is constructed in a variation of hexagonal building blocks, from which a divers landscape is created. The floating park contributes to greening the city and the improvement of the ecosystem in the Rotterdam harbor. Currently we are exploring new locations for this concept.

Video: Recycled Park is open

Video: Successfull Litter Traps

Video: 2 new Litter Traps in Ambon

July 2018

3D-print XL! Sofa of recycled plastic

After the realization of the floating park, we have done a first test with 3D printing of large objects. In addition to the floating park, we are looking at a broader application of recycling of the captured plastics. In this way we stimulate and increase the recycling of plastic. Recycled Island Foundation has realized a first sofa in collaboration with Audi Environmental Foundation. This sofa is made with a 3D printer. Where a filament of recycled plastic is used. The sofa is placed and displayed at various Audi locations. In this way we broaden the international application of our concept and the possibilities of recycling. Like Recycled Park, the sofa contains green elements. There is space for plants and even for a tree in the middle of the bench. RIF continues to innovate in order to increase the reuse of materials and to have a positive impact on the environment. This 3D-print XL sofa is the beginning of many application possibilities.

September 2018

New international collaboration

Recycled Island Foundation started a new international collaboration. What this exactly means? We will let you know soon!

September 2018

Recycled Island Foundation continues on Ambon

At the end of August again two students, Thomas and Robin, flew to Indonesia. This students will continue with the findings of their predecessors for their graduation research. Thomas and Robin will continue the optimization of the local Litter Trap. These students will also share their experiences in vlogs. Here their first vlog.

Photo: 3D print XL sofa.

Photo: New international collaboration.

Video: Recycled Island Foundation in Ambon.