Trapping Trash Workshop

Join us for a 2-day virtual workshop for capacity building and learning about trapping trash as a solution to the global issue of plastic pollution.

Globally, the contamination of plastic waste in freshwater and marine ecosystems is increasing. We estimate that roughly 30 million tonnes of plastic waste entered aquatic ecosystems in 2020. If we continue business as usual, this number may increase as much as three-fold by 2030. There is no time to waste, and we all must do our part.

This workshop will introduce an initiative where we can all work towards individual and collective goals that do just that. We will gather stakeholders from across the globe who could work together to use trash traps to divert litter from their waterfront, collect data and increase awareness in their communities.

Date and Time:

Takes place over 2 days: Wednesday March 24 and Thursday March 25 from 1 pm – 4:30 pm EST.

Registration Update:
The workshop has reached capacity however you may still register for the waitlist as spots become available. Sessions will be recorded and made available after.

Workshop objectives:

  1. To share the value of trash trapping devices and their role in fighting plastic pollution (i.e., plastic pollution prevention and cleanup, measured impact, community outreach).
  2. To motivate collaboration among stakeholders (e.g., marinas and NGOs, or port authorities and Universities) to create their own trash trapping projects.
  3. To share lessons learned from existing projects to help ensure new collaborations are built upon a successful framework.
  4. To build a network of teams working independently toward a common goal with a shared database where both our independent and collaborative impact can be measured and communicated through the International Coastal Cleanup.

Workshop hosted by the U of T Trash Team, in collaboration with PortsToronto and Ocean Conservancy. With support from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Environment and Climate Change Canada: Zero Plastic Waste