Measures against microplastics in the Italian Alps

Posted on 7 Jan 2020

Results from Italian university research have shown that the surface of the Forni glacier in the Italian Alps contains between 131 and 162 million particles of microplastic. The small ski resort Pejo 3000 in that area is fighting microplastics and is already introducing measures.

"Limiting urgent plastic in the Alpine region"

"This is the start of a project that aims to make Pejo 3000 the most sustainable ski resort in the Alps," said Fabio Sacco, director of the local tourist office. Pejo 3000 is located in the Parco Nazionale dello Stelvio, a protected nature reserve that also includes the Forni Glacier. Two Milanese universities studied that glacier in search of microplastics. According to the researchers, the surface of that glacier contains between 131 and 162 million particles of microplastic. “If plastic ends up in the mountains, it will remain there for decades where it will cause damage to the environment. Projects that limit plastic are urgently needed across the Alpine region, ”said glaciologist Christian Casarotto, who was involved in this study.

Renewable energy

The plastic waste comes from the ski tourists. As of this winter season, the Pejo 3000 resort has already introduced some measures to reduce plastic waste. For example, ski passes are no longer put in plastic covers. Plastic bottles, cups and all disposable plastic products are now prohibited. The resort also wants to better process and recycle waste. In the meantime, three small hydropower plants are also providing renewable energy in the Pejo Valley.

Read more: VRT

 

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