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Plastic Pirates remove one tonne of plastic daily from Lake Tisza in Hungary

Competitors in the 1st Tisza Lake Plastic Cup collected almost three tonnes of waste over the three-day event. As the organisers and the participants emphasised, that is only the tip of the iceberg, as the floods of recent weeks have spread much more waste around the flood plain of the river.

The Plastic Cup competitions and events aim to focus attention on the regular pollution of the River Tisza and to demonstrate the power of cooperation.

About 80% of the almost three tonnes of waste collected consisted of plastic bottles floating in the water, most of which the river had carried across the Hungarian border. The specialists of the organiser Természetfilm.hu Society have held six competitions in recent years on the Upper Tisza, but the amount of waste they found after this year’s floods astonished even them.

Paddling along the 25 km section of the river they had selected, islands composed of floating wood and pet bottles appeared every 100 to 150 metres, most of them caught by trees that had fallen from the riverbank. In the flood-plain forests and reed beds the situation was no better, there is an unbroken border of waste almost everywhere.

The Plastic Pirates collected bottles continuously throughout the three days they spent on the water, full bin bags were transported to ports by the M. V. PETényi Mother Ship, a waste-collecting boat built from donations that is itself floating on PET bottles. More than half of the amount collected will be recycled.

Source of the video and the photo on the opening page: Facebook/ Pet Kupa
Further information: Plastic Cup

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