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Water pollution

Damage to nature and environment caused by pollution of water.

Plastic pollution has a large negative impact to ecosystems in water. 8 billion kilograms of plastic waste ends up in oceans every year. Approximately 80% of this plastic waste comes from rivers.


The Shoreliner

The Shoreliner is a capturing system for (plastic) floating waste in rivers and is currently used at the port of Rotterdam. Floating waste which is larger than 5 millimeters (macro plastics) is captured before it reaches banks behind the Shoreliner and/or the ocean through the port.


  • The banks behind the Shoreliner do not have to be cleaned anymore.
  • The system can be adjusted to every location.
  • The systems need of maintenance is very low.


  1. Topic Water quality
  2. Development state 5: Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
  3. Setting type Port area
  4. Water type Surface water, Navigable water
  5. Project period 1-3 years

Submitted innovation Award

Water Innovation Award