rotterdam's floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic waste found in the maas river

rotterdam's floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic waste found in the maas river

in rotterdam, the recycled island foundation has retrieved debris from the city’s rivers and port to create a prototype floating park, which is now open to visitorsaiming to illustrate that recycled plastic from the open waters is a valuable material, the 140 sq-meter, floating landscape comprises a series of hexagonal blocks made entirely from recycled plastic waste. besides its positive environmental impact, the park is beneficial for the river’s ecosystem, as they offer a habitat for micro and macro fauna, including snails, flatworms, beetles and fish.

rotterdam's floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic waste found in the maas river
all images courtesy of the recycled island foundation



the recycled island foundation is a young organization whose aim is the retrieval of debris found in rivers and river mouths and the sustainable re-use of these plastics, illustrated in rotterdam’s prototype floating park. ‘when we retrieve the plastics directly in our cities and ports we actively prevent the further growth of the plastic soup in our seas and oceans,’ explains the foundation’s initiator, ramon knoester, ‘the realization of the building blocks in recycled plastics is an important step towards a litter free river.’ in order to collect debris, the foundation developed three passive litter traps which were tested, monitored and optimized for  a trail period of 1,5 year. the litter traps are able to capture plastics by using the existing stream of the river, and keep them trapped even when the direction of the stream changes. 

rotterdam's floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic waste found in the maas river



in collaboration with the rotterdam municipality, the foundation has developed the floating green structures to stimulate a mentality of ecology in the city’s harbor. new vegetation can grow on the hexagon-shaped building blocks, while birds, fish, and micro-organisms find food, breeding ground and shelter in the floating park.



recycled park is realized with the support of BRG (existing rotterdam territory), citylab 010, rijkswaterstaat (ministry of infrastructure and water management), cargill, van der vorm real estate, audi environmental foundation,and all the partners that physically contributed to the realization.



rotterdam's floating park is made entirely from recycled plastic waste found in the maas river

  • Brilliant concept! I love the way the wildlife has moved in and made homes there! Nice!!!

    beachcomber says:
  • Who do I need to contact and where can get more information regarding future projects. I am passionate about the environment and have been looking after the canal close to where I live for the last 3 years. Daily walks, picking up rubbish and clearing out the canal all by myself with no special equipment. It is worth it as the Ducks returned, they are nesting again and the Geese with various different varieties of birds.
    I am sure this will work here too, just need to tweek the design to allow the canal boats to still pass through. I would really like to get in touch.

    I think this is exactly we need for our canal systems in the UK, especially in Birmingham. I would love to get on board a project to design and start implementing this concept for over here. says:
  • I love it how can we get a blue print of the concept? Why hasn’t other communities taken this into consideration?

    Derrick Weir says:
  • Omg omg I love this idea… went out of my way to search a way to contact someone Associated with this I love the idea of recycling and creating food space piece out of it I go through a lot of water bottles and lots of plastics that I’m trying to start recycling… I would love to be able to donate my plastic to this cause. If possible of course. God bless and keep up the good work anything I can do to help I’m interested.

    Asha johnson says:

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