In order to accomplish its goals, the Plastic0Pyr project is divided in 5 complementary actions. They show different points of view and approaches to those goals, showing the interdisciplinary nature of the project. Each action is led by one of the partners, in close collaboration with the others.
Action 1: Project management
Led by: CEAB-CSIC
In collaboration with: UdG, UB, CNRS-EcoLab, UCA, Cicloplast and Anthesis-Lavola
We coordinate and follow the advances of the project, and constantly evaluate the quality of every action and activity done. At the same time, we work on a sustainability plan to ensure that all improvements implemented on the territory will go on once the project finishes.
Action 2: Communication activities
Lead by: UdG
In collaboration with: CEAB-CSIC, UB, CNRS-EcoLab, UCA, Cicloplast and Anthesis-Lavola
Communication is one of the key branches along the project: on an internal level, the seven partners need to talk between them in an easy and fluent way, given that they work together in many actions; on the other hand, Plastic0Pyr is a project working in close collaboration with local citizens, authorities and enterprises.
This is why dissemination is so important in our project. We inform the citizenship about our progresses using our blog and social media, and we count on them to take part on the different activities inside our actions so that they are an active part of science.
Action 3: Plastic’s life cycle
Led by: UB
In collaboration with: CNRS-EcoLab, Cicloplast and Anthesis-Lavola
The citizenship will help us estimate quantities and uses of the plastic that enters the studied regions, by answering several surveys. We will also develop a data-collection-application that will help us identify the path those plastics follow once they are thrown away. Based on those two activities, we will look for improvement areas and present particular actions to prevent the withdrawal of plastics in nature.
We will also conduct life-cycle assessment (LCA) of the five single-use plastics most commonly found in the riverside, as well as of three alternatives to PET plastic. We will study options to recover them and assure their entrance in a circular economy.
Action 4: Plastics in mountain rivers
Led by: CNRS-EcoLab
In collaboration with: CEAB-CSIC, UdG, UB, UCA, Cicloplast and Anthesis-Lavola
We will study tourism as a source of pollution by micro, meso and macroplastics on mountain rivers. This will be studied in river basins with different tourism impact levels, in different regions of the French, Andorran and Catalan Pyrennees. We will study plastic presence in the rain, river, sediment, biofilm and inside fishes. Citizenship will also be part of this study by means of a citizen-science activity. Because of that, the team will develop a simple protocol to instruct the volunteers on how to collect and analyze the data.
We will also analyze the impact of plastics on a river’s ecosystemic services: we will study the biodegradability of plastics and bioplastics in relation with natural material such as wood or leafs; and the impact of those artificial materials in the trophic chain, by analyzing their presence inside fish.
Action 5: Circular economy for plastics
Led by: Anthesis-Lavola
In collaboration with: UB, CNRS-EcoLab and Cicloplast
We will create a development chain of auto-sustainable economic activities that should lead to the elimination of plastic debris. Based on life-cycle assessments, we want single-use plastics to be reduced and work on their reintroduction in the production cycle. We will do this by emphasizing procedures that will encourage economic activity in the touristic spots studied by our project.
As plastic pollution in mountains is a handicap for the regional enterprises, it will be from their demand that we will try to identify potential development routes that can create new workplaces as well as opportunities for those enterprises. Like that, they will be the ones interested in our project. Once the most interesting allies are identified, we will co-create business models trying to link them to the local models.