This project is a proactive response to the lack of infrastructure in place to prevent microplastics from travelling through rivers into ocean environments.
Plastic and other consumer items are notorious for polluting waterways and their impacts on marine life. Further enhanced by rising populations and increased consumption by the growing middle class, the management of waste has been dictated by economic incentives and irresponsible disposal.
The objective of this project is to reduce plastic pollution through capture and contribute to the collection of data for Melbourne’s rivers. Working with Parks Victoria, the microplastic traps will retrofit to existing infrastructure in order to maximise microplastic retention and fit in with their current tools and processes. The physical results will be used as a vehicle for engagement to educate and raise awareness about pollutants that we cannot see from the surface. Upon successful filtration of microplastics multiple units can be installed for increased impact and data sets.