The Bulgarian city of Vidin was host to a clean-up campaign for the Danube river last week, as part of a bigger initiative involving the cleaning of the river basin.
The initiative "Let's Clean Up the Danube Together" was coordinated by the Waste Free Oceans Foundation (WFO) and was jointly implemented with the help of Plastix, Bulgaria Cap Project, Henkel and Eco Partners.
The move is part of a bigger WFO project which aims to clean up hotspots in the Danube river basin, starting from Bulgaria.
The project then aims to extend its work towards the Black Sea and the Mediterranean Sea, promoting the protection of the waters and shores and highlighting the importance of separate collection and recycling of waste.
According to WFO, during the course of the year, debris will also be collected from other areas of the river.
Those areas will be selected on the basis of an analysis of how the currents and geographic features of the river cause the accumulation of plastic waste.
The Danube project is supported by the ministry of environment and waters in Bulgaria, the Danube River Basin Directorate, the Black Sea Basin Directorate and the Bulgarian Association Polymers.
According to WFO, companies are increasingly joining the foundation's efforts to reduce floating debris.
Apparel manufacturer Pielleitalia, plastics manufacturers Alpla and Semadeni and recycler Corepla are among the companies which have recently joined WFO.