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Montreux Clean Beach Project

removing, identifying and quantifying aquatic pollutants.

Plastic gets more toxic the longer it is in the water.

  1. Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)and metals are absorbed by plastic fragments in the environment.
  2. Other organisms eat the small plastic fragments and concentrate the POPs and metals in their bodies
  3. We eat those organisms

As plastics degrade they releases endocrine inhibitors that effect all organisms (humans too).

Survey results by location

Choose a Beach :

*Definitions industry or activity of origin

  • Pharma/Hygiene : Includes cotton swabs, sanitary napkins and applicators, any container for medical products, syringes/needles, bandages and other medical products, beach use cosmetics and all other cosmetics.
  • Water treatment plant : Includes media filters, cotton swabs and sanitary napkins and applicators.
  • Food and drink related : Includes food containers (including fast food), drink bottles, cutlery, candy wrappers, lollipop sticks, cups and covers, straws and stir-sticks, aluminum cans, Tetra pack containers, wooden ice-cream sticks, corks, ceramic and metal table service and six pack rings.
  • Tobacco related : Includes cigarette wrappers (plastic), lighters, cigarette butts and cigarette boxes (paper)
  • Plastic caps : All plastic caps including food and non food categories
  • % Plastic : Includes all objects made out of plastic, indifferent of usage or type of plastic
  • Industrial pellets : Plastic pellets associated with the fabrication of plastic products

Contact your regional authorities for more information :

Federal and Cantonal Authorities

What is in the water ?

We have identified over 25' 000 individual items over the past 8 months.  Those items have been classified according to location, material, usage, industry and quantity.

Survey locations 2015 - 2016

Combined results 2015 - 2016

litter + rainfall = aquatic litter

The litter found on the lake shore comes from urban centers in the region.

Rainwater and gravity assure a constant flow of trash into lake Geneva.  Rainwater is not collected and treated in our Urban centers, it goes down the gutter and directly to the lake.

Heavy rains can cause the overflow of water treatment plants resulting in the release of other forms of pollutants (the subject of our pilot project).

Get a bottle of "Haut Lac Trash".  Made in Switzerland and collected by hand on the shore of Lake Geneva.

Benefits from sales pay for ongoing and future operations.

local and international resources:

These are the preliminary results.  We will put a complete report together after the end of sampling.

Montreux Clean Beach Project is a hammerdirt project.

Hammerdirt is a group of dedicated individuals protecting waterways in your community.