Plastic Free Venice: Quantifying and Mapping Plastic Pollution

YEAR: 2019 | TERM:



Shanna Bonanno, Alex Hagedorn, Troy Howlett, Vivian Nguyen


SerenDPT; Venice Calls; World Wigman Local Community

In this project, we contributed to developing a plan to reducing the build-up of plastic pollution in Venice, Italy. Due to the unique geography, being surrounded by the Lagoon, plastic disposal has been difficult to manage. The high tourist population has increased the importation and distribution of single-use plastic items across the city. These factors have added to the prevalent issue of plastic pollution in Venice. To address the plastic pollution problem, we gathered data to understand the accumulation of waste in the Lagoon. We assessed the effectiveness of the public trash receptacles and waste pick-up locations through research and observations. Finally, we analyzed our data and developed recommendations for the reduction of plastic pollution in Venice.