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Plug the marine litter tap

A pilot study on potential marine litter sources in urban areas

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Marine litter is a growing environmental problem where especially plastic material is accumulated in the seas where it will fragment to smaller pieces. The purpose of the presented pilot study is to raise awareness amongst officials at municipalities and authorities about the need to reduce the presence of litter in the marine environment and to give ideas/suggestions on how this can be done. The project has therefore developed a “Plug the Marine Litter Tap”-approach, which together with local knowledge and experience, can be used to identify sources of marine debris by using existing statistics. Södertälje is used as a pilot area where we give examples on indicators for marine litter in the urban environment and proposed measures for each indicator. We hope that this will encourage municipalities to reflect on how preventive measures against marine litter can be incorporated in local waste management plans and become part of their regular routine.

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Aims and background

The main aim of this project is to increase knowledge about land-based sources of marine litter in the Nordic countries. Moreover we hope to raise awareness amongst officials at municipalities and authorities about the need to reduce the presence of litter in the marine environment and to suggest ways of achieving this goal. A “Plug the Marine Litter Tap”-approach has therefore been developed. This approach is based on official statistics in order to develop existing knowledge about potential marine litter sources in urban areas. The overall goal is that the approach will help local authorities identify the urban sources of marine litter and thereby lead to cost-effective methods of reducing it. We would like to emphasise that local knowledge is a prerequisite for the approach to be successful.

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