Recycled park is the proposal to retrieve plastic waste from the river the Nieuwe Maas just before it reaches the North Sea. The plastics are recycled to give new value to the river.
The idea is to make floating platforms from the plastics for a new green environment; a floating park.
Plastic waste is a structural problem in open waters. Via rivers a subsequent part of plastic litter enters our seas and oceans, where it becomes part of the plastic soup. The Nieuwe Maas is an important European river that takes the pollution from the inland to the sea.
The proposal is an initiative of WHIM architecture in collaboration with the Rotterdam municipality, Wageningen University (WUR) and SK international. The Rotterdam municipality has the desire to realize more green areas. Floating green can take an important role in this as a floating park or green shore. The plastics in the Nieuwe Maas are relatively fresh and have therefore a good recycling potential. Wageningen University wants to research the best recycling technique. SK international has the Plastic Visser (Fisher), a floating platform to retrieve marine litter from rivers. With this platform we want to prevent the plastics entering the North Sea through the Nieuwe Maas.
The plastic will be given a new value as floating capacity for green environments. Floating parks are a plus for the city of Rotterdam, but will also fulfill an ecological role in the river water. The building blocks are designed in such a way, that not only can grow nature on top, but in the water new life will have its sole for existence as well. The bottom of the platform will have a rough finishing where plants can have enough surface to grow and fish a place to leave their eggs.