‘Done with all the garbage’
For example, there will be a water tap in every village on the island, so that visitors can fill their bottles and no longer end up in nature. The use of disposable plastics is also not recommended at events.
The Texel Plastic Vrij Foundation is an initiative of a number of islanders who say they are “done with all the waste on their island”. The foundation will focus on informing schools and entrepreneurs. In addition, he will organize cleaning actions on the beach. The objective is that soon there will not be a single waste lost on Texel.
Mayor Michiel Uitdehaag will sign the letter of intent on Saturday to make Texel the first Dutch island to be “Plastic Smart”. “It would be fantastic if there was soon no more plastic in our beautiful nature,” he says.
Tourist areas play an “ important role ”
The World Wildlife Fund’s plastic-free initiative is aimed at cities and vacation destinations in the fight against plastic pollution. “Plastic pollution is still a growing problem in tourist areas, but it can also play an important role in the solution”, explains the environmental organization.
Every year, at least 11 million kilograms of plastic end up in the oceans by land around the world. Much of it comes from cities and tourist sites. The concrete figures for waste on Texel are not known. (ANP)