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The International Trash Trap Network Workshop: West Africa
October 6, 2022 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm GMT
Globally, the contamination of plastic waste in freshwater and marine ecosystems is increasing. We estimate that roughly 30 million tonnes of plastic waste entered aquatic ecosystems in 2020. If we continue business as usual, this number may increase as much as three-fold by 2030. There is no time to waste, and we all must do our part. The aim of the International Trash Trap Network is to exponentially increase annual cleanup efforts by inspiring groups around the world to trap trash in their local environments, and to link these efforts to quantify our collective impact as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Within this workshop we aim to build local capacity within West Africa for trapping trash as a solution to the global issue of plastic pollution. We would like to inspire others to trap trash on their waterfronts and to quantify this impact collectively.