AMSTERDAM CLEAN WATER INITIATIVE

The Amsterdam Clean Water Initiative seeks to keep waterways clean in and around the City of Amsterdam. 

TARGET USERS: Individuals, Businesses, Industry, Government

    COSTS: Project specific

    KEY CONSIDERATIONS: 3-year initiative concludes in 2019, current City activities will now be part of the Plastic SmartCities Initiative. 

      MORE INFORMATION: www.amsterdamcleanwater.nl

      CONTACT: See contact form at www.amsterdamcleanwater.nl


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      THE PROBLEM

      Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometers (60 miles) of canals, with the City being connected to the North Sea by the North Sea Canal. With over 1 million visitors to the city each month, the canals can become polluted with plastic which can wash out to sea. 

       

      THE SOLUTION

      Amsterdam Clean Water was founded in September 2016 by the City of Amsterdam, Waternet, Port of Amsterdam, Plastic Soup Foundation, PlasticsEurope Nederland, NRK and Berenschot, as part of a large central ‘clean city’ project from the City of Amsterdam.

      The 3-year program aimed to bring structural change in waste management concerning the waters of Amsterdam. The goal of the program was to reduce the amount of litter that ends up in canals and the IJ River each year.

      Within the program, several activities and projects were organized each year to raise awareness and create structural solutions. For example, during the Gay Pride Canal Parade, in 2016 and 2017, dip nets and trash bags were offered to the public along the quays.

      Please visit www.amsterdamcleanwater.nl for more information.

       

      OTHER SOLUTIONS

      The Amsterdam Clean Water Initiative has adopted various solutions and best practices that can practicably be implemented given the unique layout and infrastructure of the city. Other Cities around the globe with waterways that reach the sea have also implemented similar initiatives to prevent plastic leakage and/or minimize plastic use.

       

      CASE STUDY EXAMPLES

      Amsterdam Clean Water launched a short film about the importance of clean water in Amsterdam. The film follows a number of inhabitants who are actively and passionately involved in cleaning the canals. The purpose of the film is to make tourists, residents and shopkeepers aware of the large amount of litter that easily ends up in the water. See https://youtu.be/SBUyuLBPlZg 

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