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The Clean & Collect scientific programme

Clean & Collect is a monitoring programme for macro-waste accumulated in the marine environment, providing information not only on the quantity but also on the nature of this waste.

The Marineland Association and the municipality of Antibes are involved alongside the Cedar Association, as operators, in proposing the monitoring of a new pilot site "l'Anse pointe Garoupe", in the heart of the Natura 2000 "Lérins Island, Cap d'Antibes and Bay of Antibes" zone. Cedre, an association commissioned by the Water and Biodiversity Directorate (DEB) of the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and Solidarity (MTES), as the national "Waste on the Coast" pilot for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), has been operationally involved in the issue of waste in the marine environment since 2009. It created the network for monitoring macro waste on the French coast.

Video presentation of the Clean & Collect scientific programme ©Association Marineland/S. Jamme

IIn this context, the 100 metres of the predefined beach "l'Anse pointe Garoupe" are scrupulously cleaned 4 times a year, all waste is collected, analysed and classified by category: artificial polymer materials, rubber, textiles, paper and cardboard, wood, metal, glass and ceramics, etc.

As well as these cleaning operations, awareness-raising initiatives are carried out to call for not cleaning these study sites, an indicator of the state of pollution of the coastline.

The results of the Clean & Collect programme form part of the enrichment of national data to feed public policies on marine waste: the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the "zero plastic discarded in the sea by 2025" Roadmap of the Ministry of Ecological Transition.

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