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Plastic pollution is an urgent global issue on the cusp of constituting ‘planetary boundary threat’

Manawatu River Source to Sea (an entity of ENM) is working together with Massey University's Zero Waste Academy on this project.  11,163 pieces of litter from 41 randomly selected 100 square metre sections of Palmerston North's urban streams have been collected, cleaned, dried, sorted and measured by citizen scientists to establish a baseline of the plastics currently lingering in our streams.

By engaging the public in data collection, sorting and solution fromation a diverse range of people have had a hands-on opportunity to learn about the scientific method used, and increased their awareness of plastic pollution in our own back yard. 

Over 1000 people have engaged in the project to date! The work has been physically challenging and and quite dirty, but also eye-opening and life-enhancing.  We hope that new conversations, ideas, behaviours and strategies for improving the situation in our streams, rivers and oceans will continue to emerge from this work.

Plastic Pollution Solutions

Workshop 22 June 2-4:30pm at Te Manawa

You are invited to a solutions and actions workshop on 22 June 2019.  We will present findings of litter research undertaken by citizen scientists in Palmerston North, who collected 11,163 pieces of litter from 41 urban stream sample sites.  We'll hear from a panel of experts, who will introduce both global and local issues, and then participants will be invited to work together to find solutions to significantly reducing plastic pollution in our city. 

Please register your intention to attend below.

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Click here to view the slides that were presented at the Palmy's Plastic Challenge Launch Event held on 6 March 2019 at Massey University (you will need to enable popups if this link isn't working).
Check out our all our published project posters here. These include our methodology, initial findings, images of collected litter and categories used to sort the litter, team photos, and community engagement information. 
A slideshow covering the initial findings of the project was presented on June 5th at Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival.  The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

Keep up to date...

You can keep up to date with any news and stories from the project on the project's Facebook Page or over on Instagram.