Old water well saved from floating garbage

Back in the spring of 2017 I noticed the alarmingly large amount of trash in the monumental well of Castle “Oud Poelgeest” in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. Contacting the authorities didn’t resolve the issue and the well was too deep to reach the debris.

Today it was different: the water had a much higher level and I could reach the floating litter with my litterpicker.  (more…)

The Big Tengnagel Litter Project

The Tengnagel is a narrow headland, just 700 metres long, situated in the Kagerplassen, close to Leiden in the Netherlands. The circumference is one and a half kilometres (close to a mile), the watersides consist of basalt. 30 July 2017 I started to remove all litter washed ashore. Since then I’m repeating these sessions every so many weeks to get an impression of the influx of new garbage and whether the amount decreases over time. On this page are the results of each session, including pictures. Provisional conclusion: regular removal of all litter does not induce a decrease of the amount of litter. However, I may intercept garbage that would normally end up in sea.