80% OF PLASTIC WASTE COMES FROM RIVERS
Throughout the planet this problem has reached an unacceptable level of criticality.
The impact of human beings on the planet has been devastating.
Regardless of the consequences, waste of all kinds has continued to be dumped into our seas.
One of the waste that has made his presence felt so strongly is plastic!
Plastic waste is collecting in the oceans in “plastic islands”.
The biggest of these is the great pacific garbage patch.
Its dimensions are like those of Spain and Portugal put together.
Since plastic debris reaches the oceans via rivers, it takes 20 years to reach these “islands”.
We must therefore go to act on the problem before these waste come out of the rivers.
The main problem operating in river environments
is the need to find a common and adaptable solution
to very different situations, both in terms of width and depth
of the water course and in terms of navigability.
Current solutions include boats with draft systems, net systems or barriers that temporarily close the river’s viability.
Each installation requires specific means and specific studies, resulting in high costs; it is also extremely difficult to create permanent installations precisely because of the inconveniences they involve.
The solution we studied is a solution with a very low environmental impact, modular and able to adapt to any watercourse. In the study of this project, physical simulation tests were performed using software, and prototypes were built and tested to verify their functionality.
The production of plastic, and its dispersion in the environment as waste, is a real problem because of its persistence and potential negative impacts on