Citizen science on Marine Litter
Combining Research and Action!
Since 2018 HZ Green Office is organizing clean-up events at the beaches, canals, forests, and harbors in Vlissingen, in collaboration with the Municipality of Vlissingen and “Doe Mee, Verlos de Zee!”. Integrated monitoring is carried out of the marine litter distribution on the coasts of the Eastern and Western Scheldt, as well as in the harbour of Vlisssingen. This research is shared with our partners in the Convenant Schone Schelde; a collaborate effort signed by 30 local parties to keep our river Scheldt clean. In this way, we participate in scientific research and at the same time contribute to efforts to keep our local beaches and River Scheldt clean.
In 2019, we monitored marine litter on five beach locations in Zeeland and tested different monitoring methods. The outcome of this research can be found in this report: Using citizen science in monitoring plastic debris on beaches.
Over the period June- October 2020, we monitored which types and amounts of marine waste we found in the Inner Harbour of Vlissingen. Read our report: Monitoring zwerfafval Binnenhaven Vlissingen.
Read the story that Janine Vink, wrote as a student journalism at Utrecht University, about one of our monitoring events.
Join us!Clean-ups and monitoring sessions are taking place on a weekly basis. We give you the opportunity to earn HZ Credits while connecting with students from other study programs, participating in an outdoor activity, and making a step towards a clean and circular economy. You don’t need to bring anything, but dress up warm enough! Earn double hours only for clean-ups with monitoring, like the harbor clean-ups. To always be up to date about the weekly clean-ups, visit the HZ Green Office Instagram
- Interested? Just let us know upfront via Instagram or by sending an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also sign up in the Excel sheets shared via Insta
- Non-student volunteers are welcome to join our efforts because the initiative is based on volunteers! You can borrow a "prikker" from us or other materials, just contact us or your local municipality.
- You can also just do your own cleanup. Locations where lots of waste can be found are around the canal between Middelburg and Vlissingen, De Buitenhaven in Vlissingen, around HZ Middelburg in the park, and around Supermarkets. Or just select a location in your neighborhood you like to make look nice!
If you link this to HZ Personality, make some pictures as proof of your activity. But before that, do not forget to talk with your study coach and have the PDP approved. For having the hours signed, contact Carmel Michaeli at email@example.com
Below, you find the hours template for tracking the spent hours for HZ Green Office activities: Bestand:HZ Personality HOURS SHEET.pdf
With our clean-ups we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
On a monthly basis, our litter cleanup coordinator Jan Flechner issues a newsletter. You can read them here:
- Monitoring zwerfafval Binnenhaven Vlissingen juni-okt 2020, Ingrid de Vries, HZ Green Office, 14 juni 2021.
- February Clean-Up Newsletter, Jan Flechner, HZ Green Office, 17 februari 2022.
- January Clean-Up Newsletter, Jan Flechner, HZ Green Office, 17 februari 2022.
- Article Janine Vink, Janine Vink, University Utrecht, 20 januari 2020.
- USING CITIZEN SCIENCE IN MONITORING PLASTIC DEBRIS ON BEACHES, Liliane Geerling, Christoph Sonneck, HZ Green Office, Rijkswaterstaat, 17 december 2019.
- Convenant Schone Schelde, Schone rivieren, Schone rivieren, 13 februari 2022.