We are often asked how much trash we pull out of the fjord each week and year.
This year to date we have collected 12,470 kg of rubbish.
Yes, you heard that right. More than 12 tonnes. That’s the equivalent of 2 elephants, 4 trucks or the anchor of a cruise ship. And remember this is without the use of specialist cleaning boats or lifting equipment… every piece big and small is hauled out by hand by free divers, paddlers and people helping from shore.
|Number of events||28||52||49|
|Number of volunteers||581||1113||643|
|Rubbish collected (kg)||5150||6000||12470|
|Number of bikes||115|
|Number of scooters||59|
It is worth noting that weight alone does not tell the whole story. Whilst heavy items like bicycles and scooters contribute significantly to the overall weight collected, the small pieces of trash are just as dangerous to marine life (if not more so) and much harder to pick up. Snus, cigarette ends, syringes, cans, bottles and fishing equipment are just some of the objects we retrieve every week.
Ideally, these things would not end up in the fjord at all. Everyone can do what they can to help by always disposing of waste carefully. however, we believe we also need better regulations and rubbish facilities in Oslo to help tackle this problem at the root causes.