ROTTERDAM - Along the Nieuwe Maas, a river that flows through the second largest city of the Netherlands, lies a floating park that the Dutch people, always caring for their land and respecting the environment, have created by recycling plastic. It is not by accident that this garden lying at the Mosa estuary has been given the name Recycled Park.
The green heart of Rotterdam
A series of hexagonal floating platforms, destined to the local flora and fauna, created in the heart of the city of Rotterdam by recycling different plastic materials. This is Recycle Park: its plastic was recovered with a dedicated machinery, analysed and sorted at the University of Rotterdam and then processed and transformed into blocks.These blocks were then brought together side by side, with the aim of supporting trees and animals above the sea level and algae and many plant species underwater. The recycled plastic platforms are also able to resist against the continuous rough seas that the city is exposed to, guaranteeing an original and safe green space to its citizens.
In a previous article, we told the story of Plastic Road, a project, also based in Rotterdam, envisaging a street cover made entirely out of recycled materials. This innovation could offer many advantages compared to conventional roads, both in terms of construction and maintenance. Indeed, plastic is considered more sustainable and easier to use compared to concrete. In the full respect of the regulations concerning ecological impact, Plastic Road would considerably reduce the 1.6 million tons of global carbon dioxide emissions, acting as a substitute for asphalt made with tar and bitumen.
by Alessandro Conte