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Marine litter on Venetian beaches. The first results of the European project Marless

Published on 08/09/2021 (last modified 08/09/2021)

Masks, bottles of sunscreen, plastic caps, bottles, food bags and above all cigarette butts are the main waste abandoned on the Venetian beaches. The information comes from the Venetian bathing operators who have joined the waste collection and cataloging initiative promoted this summer by the  project Marless.

The establishments are Marina di Venezia, Consorzio Arenili Marina di Caorle, Unionmare Veneto, Bibione Mare Spa, Euro beach Jesolo and Eraclea Beach. To these are added twelve operators from Emilia-Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Puglia, partner regions of the project, and four operators from the Istrian coast. The activity in Veneto is coordinated by Arpa Veneto and was carried out with the collaboration of the Veneto Region and the conference of mayors of the Veneto coast. It will last until the end of the bathing season and will be proposed again next year. The data will be used to identify new lines of action to combat the phenomenon of abandonment of waste at sea and on beaches and to protect the marine environment. Together with the collection of objects on the beach, in the Marless project other innovative and sustainable technologies and approaches will also be used to capture and monitor waste at sea, such as seabin in ports, i.e. bins for collecting objects that float, drones, river barriers and actions of fishing for waste.

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