Riverine waste data – Plastic Pirates


The project :

In 2020 and 2021, ‘capturing’ this waste on the riverbanks and near bodies of water becomes the Europe-wide task of the Plastic Pirates. By collecting plastic waste and uploading data on the amount of waste found, you – together with your school class or extracurricular youth group – can help conduct research on the pollution of bodies of water. Uniform experimental guidelines and working steps for all teams which participate ensure that, throughout Europe, the data collected is comparable and will become visible step by step on the online map.

On the one hand, the joint campaign of the ministries of education, science and research of the three countries is intended to raise awareness throughout Europe for the importance of rivers as common lifelines, as well as for protecting our natural resources. On the other hand, the campaign aims to emphasise the importance of international research collaboration.

This interactive map allows to browse and filter the groups that have participated throughout the years in several countries. By clicking on a map marker you can access the data uploaded by that group. The information presented in the groups’ pages have not been verified by the scientific team. The scientific evaluation of the results can be found under Results analysis.