Plastic dominates garbage in the Corinthian Gulf

Plastics dominate the marine scraps of the Corinthian Gulf, as evidenced by the first counting cycle. The cleaning activities at the 6 selected points – observatories (Nafpaktos, Itea, Alyki Viotia, Corinth, Akrata and Psathopyrgos Achaia) took place with the valuable help of school students and volunteers from the local communities. The first clean-up cycle report for the entire coastline is 14,841 collected objects larger than 2.5 centimeters. At all observation points the count was carried out at 100 meters of beach. The measured items per measurement point are analyzed as follows:

Poundos beach -Naipaktos, set of objects 5.611, Nafsika- Itea 1.733, Aliki-Viotia, 2.960, Kalamia-Corinth 1.115, Akrata-Achaia 1.052, Mati-Psathopirgos, Achaia, 2.330.

The results of detailed counting-recording showed that plastic objects were the most populous type of waste with rates ranging from 62-94%. The most common categories of plastic objects were the fragments of plastics and styrofoam that originate mainly from the breakage of larger objects, with the influence of time and solar (ultraviolet) radiation.  

Also the burden of disposable plastics such as straws, bags of bags, wrapping and packing, cigarette butts, bottle caps, beakers and bottles of beverages was also significant. 

Glasses and ceramics (fabrics, bottles), metal (wires, beverage cans, caps) and fabric (torn pieces) were in turn the next types of object materials found in high concentration. 

The aim of the project is to clean coasts and to raise awareness of local communities with emphasis on children and to monitor the rate of accumulation of waste between successive cleaning actions in the same part of the beach. In this way, besides the aesthetic rehabilitation of the coasts, we also achieve the quantification of the problem of litter on the shores and the sea of ​​Corinth. 

The analytical results of the measurements are compiled into databases hosting waste aggregation data for the global coastline. This data provides useful information for the scientific community that studies issues such as transport and accumulation of waste and its impact on marine and coastal ecosystems. They also form the basis for designing protection and remediation actions, as well as putting pressure on the implementation of policies and legislation to reduce the unexpected use and disposal of plastic products and packaging.

The program has a duration of 14 months, funded by the Green Fund and implemented by OZON in collaboration with the Association for the Protection and Rational Development of the Corinthian Gulf (“SPOAK”), “Arion”, the Non Profit Organization GREEN + BLUE, the Association of Free and Autonomous Districts of the Prefecture of Fokida “Krissaios” and the Residential and Cultural Association of Alyki Viotia “Argo”.

Information about the program and the upcoming cleaning actions are provided on the site for the Corinthian Gulf.

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