Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge

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Plastic pollution is an urgent global issue on the cusp of constituting ‘planetary boundary threat’

Palmy’s Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) was set up in 2019 to understand the scale of plastic pollution going into the Manawatū river via our urban streams and to use this knowledge to improve the health of our local waterways.

The challenge is a collaboration between Manawatū River Source to Sea (an entity of Environment Network Manawatū (ENM)), Massey University's Zero Waste Academy, Rangitāne o Manawatū and Palmerston North City Council. Te Kāuru Eastern Manawatū River Hapū Collective in Dannevirke and RECAP in Ashhurst joined challenges in 2020. A wide range of school children, students, community members, companies, council staff and academics have been involved to date.

The work has been physically challenging and sometimes quite dirty, but also eye-opening and life-enhancing.  We hope that new conversations, ideas, behaviours and strategies for improving the situation in our streams, rivers and oceans will continue to emerge from this work.

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Want to Know More?

Read the Palmy's Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) 2021 report here

Watch the video on Plastic Pollution Challenge (PPPC) here

Click here to view the slides that were presented at the 2019 Palmy's Plastic Challenge Launch Event (you will need to enable popups if this link isn't working).
Check out our all our published project posters here. These include our methodology, initial findings, images of collected litter and categories used to sort the litter, team photos, and community engagement information. 
A slideshow covering the initial findings of the project was presented on June 5th 2019 at Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival.  The slides from the presentation can be viewed here.

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