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Bolina contributes to International Coastal Cleanup Day

Bolina contributes to International Coastal Cleanup Day
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Find out how Bolina contributes to International Coastal Cleanup Day, which was on September 18, 2021.

Held on the third Saturday of every September, International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC) – this time falling on September 18th, 2021 – is a crucial annual reminder to people to rid the world’s beaches of garbage, while also raising awareness about the importance of preserving and protecting our oceans and waterways.

As concern mounts about the amount of trash littering the world’s coastlines, ocean conservation groups, along with environmental organisations, have initiated International Coastal Cleanup Day – a global movement that now sees six million volunteers across 90 countries do their part in keeping coastlines clean.

Bolina contributes to International Coastal Cleanup Day
Bolina contributes to International Coastal Cleanup Day

The most common types of garbage found on beaches include cigarette butts, food wrappers and packaging, plastic straws, bottle caps, and beverage bottles.

Plastics are amongst the most common waste items found, and they present an especially harmful threat to both marine ecosystems and wildlife, with the weather and UV rays breaking these plastics down into tiny pieces, so that they get absorbed into the environment and create a disaster that spans across food chains and systems.

According to estimates, there are more than 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, with the majority of it swept into the sea from the coastline. Therefore, it makes sense to rid the beaches and shorelines of plastic and other garage, before it enters into the water and causes untold damage.

This is where Bolina comes in.

We have been actively involved in helping stop the spread of plastic in our waterways. We recently carried out a project with DEME, the Belgian marine contractor, to engineer the longest river barrier in Europe, which DEME installed on the river Scheldt in Belgium. Case study can be accessed here. The Bolina floating debris boom removes plastic and other floating debris from the tidal river and has been a major success for Bolina and the client, funnelling 218 kilograms of waste a day into the plastic catcher, removing 7 tonnes of debris and pollutants a month from the river.

We also helped Ichthion deploy its Azure system in an Ecuadorian river in an effort to clean up massive amounts of plastic waste in a delicate and important ecosystem (access case study), and developed a boom for The Ocean Cleanup to clear rivers of floating plastic at the source (access case study).

Our understanding of protecting marine environments and successful track record of product implementations in over 50 countries all over the world makes us a trusted and reliable partner for coastal and waterway cleanups.

With waterways and oceans facing considerable manmade pollution challenges, it is essential that companies like Bolina and our holding company Ecocoast provide cost-effective solutions to tackle the problem. Get in touch with us to know more!


Longest river barrier in Europe to remove plastic from waterways
Bolina helps Ichthion deploy its Azure system in Ecuadorian river
The Ocean Cleanup uses Bolina’s Litter Fence Booms