For the 2023 edition of the Global Recycling Day on March 18, Waste Free Oceans organized a series of events to highlight the urgency and importance of promoting recycling mechanisms around the world.
On Saturday, the Waste Free Oceans team and Cohabs' volunteers organized a cleanup along the Digue du Canal in Anderlecht, Brussels. The industrial area is being repurposed to develop new living spaces but is currently being used as an illegal dump site for all kinds of waste. In a few hours, we managed to fill in 36 bags of general waste and plastic, which were later recuperated by Bruxelles-Propreté, the waste management services of the municipality of Brussels.
With the aim of developing sustainable hubs within urban areas, Cohabs and WFO finished the day with a visit of the BIGH Biological Farm. The aquaponic farm sits on the roof of the Food market in Anderlecht and grows biological herbs, fruits, vegetables, and salmon trout. BIGH itself employs green practices such as using water from the fish tanks to irrigate the crops as it contains essential nutrients for their development. These plantations are then pollinated by bumblebee hives. The farm thus forms the perfect prototype of urban agriculture since the food they grow is sold to restaurants and markets throughout the city, forming the perfect model for a circular economy.
It is with the help of organizations such as Cohabs that WFO is able to actively raise awareness of the impact of plastic waste and develop projects to clean up beaches, rivers, oceans and canals.
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