Plastic Pirates – Go Europe!



Save-the-Date: Plastic Pirates - Go Europe! summit on 5-6. November 2024

Join us for the largest Plastic-Pirates - Go Europe! Summit in 2024. Together with students, teachers, partners, scientists, and policymakers we review the outcomes, results, insights, and lessons learned from 2.5 years of expanding this citizen science initiative across Europe. Be part of the community that shapes the future of one of Europe's key citizen science projects in the Mission Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030! More

Europe Open Day

Europe Open Day 2024!

Each year, the European Union celebrates its unity and enduring peace, commemorating the signing of the Schuman Declaration in 1950. From May 4-9, 2024, visitors were invited to join activities at European institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, and across Europe. More


Europe Open Day

Plastic Pirates General Assembly – Let’s get planning!

The Plastic Pirates team consists of experienced groups from each of the 13 participating countries and a European coordination team.
Twice a year, the entire team convenes to share experiences, celebrate successes, address challenges, and discuss the future of this joint European project. More


Congratulations Italy on Leading Citizen Science Projects for Environmental Protection!

The "Piccoli grandi scienziati (e cittadini) crescono" project promoted by the Cnr - Department of Earth System Sciences and Environmental Technologies (Cnr-Dsstta) is an initiative based on the Citizen Science methodology that combines scientific education, civic commitment and environmental protection. More


Access all Plastic Pirates Newsletters

The Plastic Pirates Team publishes regular newsletter with the most recent achievements of the initiative, upcoming events and infos on the Mission Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030. You can access all newsletters that the Plastic Pirates have published so far, here. You can subscribe to the newsletter by scrolling to the very bottom of this page.


Teaming Up Against Plastic Waste!

The fascination with the ocean and rivers, together with their importance as a guarantor of species diversity, know no bounds. But plastic pollution on beaches and riverbanks in Europe also doesn’t stop at man-made borders. For this reason, avoiding micro- and macroplastic in the environment, a scientific approach to this challenge, and researching sustainable materials are tasks which we Europeans must take on together.

Plastic Pirates – Go Europe! is a European Citizen Science campaign, in which school classes and youth groups collect plastic samples from streams and rivers and document their findings. The collected data is then analysed by scientists and researchers. In this way, young European citizens are making an important contribution to researching the state of European rivers and the extent and pollution caused by plastic waste.



Find out what the Plastic Pirates do!

You will get the best overview of the initiative by watching our introduction videos. They explain the idea behind the Plastic Pirates, the objectives, and the citizen science approach towards combating plastic pollution.



What are we trying to achieve?

We want to tackle plastic pollution in Europe's rivers, waterways, and at coastlines. By participating in this citizen science project, you can contribute to important research while raising awareness about the impact of plastic waste on our waterways and oceans. Read more about the objectives of the campaign.


Let's go out in the field and do a sampling!

There is not much needed to do a Plastic Pirates sampling. You can get started by studying the detailed project materials. You can download them for free and they explain in detail how the scientific protocol works.



You uploaded your data and want to check your results?

Every data-upload should appear on our interactive map. In case your data point is not on the map or in the wrong location, do not hesitate to contact us.



We have endorsed the Mission Charter to Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030!

In case you would like to know more about our efforts to spread the Plastic Pirates all across Europe and out part in Horizon Europe as well as the Mission Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030, click here. We urge you to also sign the Mission Charter to Restore our Oceans and Waters by 2030 here.


Join us!

And help us close gaps in the existing research on the amount of different types of plastic waste. The fight against pollution from plastic waste, for cleaner water and for preserving natural resources for future generations in a united Europe can be a success only if we – the citizens – actively support joint political initiatives in the places we live.

Where are the Plastic Pirates sailing?

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Portugal Italy Greece Lithuania Latvia France Slovenia Spain Germany Hungary Click on a country to go to the Website.





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