Remove. Recycle. Give it new use. Repeat
MAELSTROM – MArinE Litter SusTainable RemOval and Management is a European Union funded project designed to develop and test sustainable technological solutions for the removal and treatment of litter within river ecosystems, intercepting litter before it enters the sea. Our action starts from modelling litter trajectories to identify its accumulation hotspots. We then proceed with an environmental assessment to understand how litter is impacting the surrounding ecosystem.
The second step it to implement one of the two MAELSTROM’s removal technologies – the Bubble Barrier and the underwater cable robot – for litter removal, either from the riverbed or the water column, depending on the river settings. In this way we can intercept litter before it reaches the sea. A second environmental assessment is then made to assess the impacts of the removal operation in the coastal ecosystem.
Waste won’t remain waste.
The removed litter will go through advanced recycling processes which will allow the regenerated materials to re-enter the industrial supply chain. Examples are chemical precursors, polymers and other materials useful for industrial purposes. Moreover, we will use a prototype based on low-temperature pyrolysis capable of producing second-generation fuel, which in turn will be used to power the removal technologies within the project… creating a self-feeding cycle!