Floating Plastic

Below you will find a description of how to create a new spot in the category “Plastic pollution” when you observe floating plastic (plastic in the water). Make sure your GPS is turned on (in the settings outside the app).

Check that the location of the crosshairs matches your location. If not, drag the crosshairs to the correct location.


Take a new photo, or select one of your photos from the album. The picture should show the location of your observation. Therefore make sure that it includes some recognizable features such as a big stone, wall bridge, etc. Maybe you can even capture the plastic parts you observed.


If the water is not flowing, you can indicate that here.

Indicate for how many minutes you observed the water body, i.e. during which time you counted the number of pieces of plastic. We recommend an observation time between 2 and 15 minutes.

Here you can indicate whether you observed the river flow and plastic across the entire width or for only part of the river width.

Record how many plastic parts you counted during your observation time. You can choose from eight classes.

If you want, you can provide information on the types of plastic that you observed. If you want to do so, click the advanced options.

If you were able to remove the plastic from the water, tick this box. Always make sure that you do not put yourself in danger when removing plastic.

Enter a description of the exact location of the spot, so that other participants can find it more easily. Check that the time and date match the time of the observation.

Don’t forget to save your observation. If you are not connected to the internet, you can tap the hourglass. Your observation will then be saved under “waiting spots” and you can upload it later.

For a new observation, all you need to do is to select an existing spot, click on the plus sign and then repeat steps to .