What We Do: The Fjord CleanUP is non-profit environmental organisation supporting the restoration and protection of the Inner Oslo Fjord’s natural marine environment. We are all about action (now) and organise weekly voluntary cleaning events where we provide volunteers with stand up paddleboards, kayaks, diving equipment and all the gear necessary to clean marine pollution out of the fjord.
Our Events: We organise cleaning events every Monday in two of the major rubbish hot spots along the central Oslo waterfront: Aker Brygge / Tjuvholmen & Bjørvika. We have approximately 20 volunteers at each location. The goal is to take as much marine waste out of the Oslo Fjord and Akerselva as possible, and then upload the amount collected to the site https://ryddenorge.no – this is a great way to track where we clean, what we clean, and how much we take up – we took 5 TONNES + of plastic out of the Oslo Fjord in 2020!
Why We Clean: Unfortunately, 2 tonnes of rubbish is dropped onto the streets of Oslo every day. This inevitably finds its way into the river or fjord by means of drains, being purposely dropped, or blown in by the wind. We believe that we all have a responsibility to keep Oslo clean and beautiful, especially the shops, supermarkets, and industries where most of the trash we find is coming from. Main types of plastic & waste we find in the water during our CleanUPs: – Electric scooters – Single-use plastics – Plastic lined coffee cups and lids – Shopping bags – Cigarette butts and cigarette packages – Snus and snus boxes – Plastic bottles and tops – Food packaging – Plastic ropes from boats – Fishing lines & nets
How We Clean: We clean rubbish out of the waters by using stand up paddleboards, kayaks, by walking along the waterfront, free diving, and also scuba diving. We plan to also use natural methods to clean the water (growing seaweed and mussels), install automated marine cleaning bins (from Clean Sea Solutions), and place artificial reefs (together with Marin Reparatorene) to give marine life a place to thrive. We also work with Hold Norge Rent whom supply us with bags and gloves.
REDUCE; reduce the amount of littering into the Oslo Fjord
RESTORE; restore the fjord to a state that is clear of rubbish and pollutants
REVITALISE; revitalise the ecosystem, encouraging the return of marine life
Stage 1 Be able to provide all of our volunteers with free diving and scuba diving training and equipment so that we can expand our cleaning efforts to encompass the whole inner fjord, and do so in a safe manner – and to be able to clean all year round, whether it is snow, rain, or sun!
Stage 2 Acquire a customised cleaning boat, an underwater drone, and automated marine rubbish bins that we can strategically place at rubbish hot spots empty as required. This will allow us to map the fjord and to target specific dirty locations (even if it is deep) and to make sure there are systems in place, catching rubbish even if we are not physically cleaning.
Stage 3 Strategically place artificial reefs, work for protected areas for marine life, and to implement natural cleaning solutions, like growing seaweed and mussels. This will provide marine life with a place to thrive while at the same time filtering toxins out of the environment.
Download our Fjord CleanUP Goals & Strategy document (PDF, 432KB)