Plastic Origins is a citizen science project aimed at mapping river plastic pollution in Europe. As you are going down a river, on foot or on a watercraft such as kayaks, you can report the presence of litter items that you will find on the riverbanks and on the water along your way by using the mobile Application Plastic Origins.
The App will register your geolocation and you will be able to report manually litter items and classify them into categories by using the manual mode. Or you can use the automatic mode and film the riverbanks. In this innovative mode, a waste detection algorithm using artificial intelligence will automatically identify litter items on the videos.
Thanks to this monitoring, we will be able to obtain an indicator of river macro-litter pollution: the number of litter items observed per kilometer of riverbank. This data will make it possible to follow the evolution of plastic waste in European rivers, to propose solutions to the most affected territories and to act at the regulatory level to limit plastic pollution from the source.
All the results that are open-sourced will be displayed on an interactive map on our website!
The goal of Plastic Origins is to track and map macro-plastic pollution in European rivers by collecting data on the Application thanks to citizen science. Data will enable to localize pollution hot spots and to act to fight against this pollution.
How to participate
To contribute to this program, you can follow a small training, download the Application and go on the field to collect data! Why is it important to train yourself? Because it will help you have all the information you may need to use the App, understand the context of the project, and collect reliable data. You can find all the information on the Plastic Origins website.
You need your smartphone! If you want to have even more fun, you can also use kayaks or canoe.