Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Cleaning Up Without Messing Up, Session 1: The Cost-Benefit of Implementation of Cleanup Technologies

Date and Time
Thursday, June 16, 2022 - 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. ET
Online Seminar
Cleaning Up Without Messing Up, Session 1: The Cost-Benefit of Implementation of Cleanup Technologies


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Cleaning Up Without Messing Up: The need for a new knowledge base to inform the utilization of marine litter cleanup technologies

There have been numerous initiatives made by governments, entrepreneurs, and civil society to develop and implement cleanup technologies to remove or aid in the detection of: floating litter from the ocean and rivers, litter deposited in sand on beaches, and microplastics from stormwater or wastewater.

While removal of plastics benefits the environment, the effectiveness of these solutions as well as potential costs should be taken into account in decision-making, yet this area remains understudied. In determining how, where, and when to implement cleanup technology there is a need to estimate the catch efficiency of plastics, as well as evaluating the potential negative impacts on non-target organisms. It is timely to discuss the role of and pitfalls of cleanup technologies.

To put this somewhat neglected issue on the agenda the International Knowledge Hub Against Plastic Pollution (IKHAPP) at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research and the Plastic Pollution Working Group at Duke University are hosting two webinars:

Session 1 of 2 – June 16, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. CET – Register
The Cost-Benefit of Implementation of Cleanup Technologies

Session 2 of 2 – June 23, 2022 at 9 a.m. ET / 3 p.m. CET – Session Information | Register
The Need for a Regulatory Framework for Implementation of Cleanup Technologies

Each online seminar will be 75 minutes in total and feature cleanup technology practitioners and plastic pollution researchers who will present and engage in dialogue about what we do know about the benefits and unintended consequences of these technologies and what role they play in global action toward plastic pollution reduction. 


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Kathinka Fürst

Kathinka Fürst, Senior Researcher, Water and Society Section, Norwegian Institute for Water Research; and Faculty Fellow, Nicholas Institute

  • Kathinka Fürst is Senior Researcher, Water and Society Section, at the Norwegian Institute for Water Research. She also holds a dual appointment as Assistant Adjunct Professor of Environmental Policy at Duke Kunshan University and as a Faculty Fellow at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Fürst's research generally looks at environmental regulation and justice in China. As part of a project funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts to evaluate policies for reducing oceanic plastic pollution, Fürst is conducting an in-depth analysis of China’s national and sub-national regulatory plastic frameworks.


Zoie Diana

Zoie Diana, Ph.D. Candidate, Marine Science and Conservation, Duke University

  • Zoie Diana is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in Marine Science and Conservation with a certificate in Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health at Duke University. Zoie's research interests broadly focus on single-use plastic pollution management, specifically focusing on how governments, businesses, and biologists view and mitigate plastic pollution. One aspect of this research includes the use of plastic pollution cleanup technologies.


Jannike Falk-Andersson

Jannike Falk-Andersson, Senior Scientist, Water and Society Section, Norwegian Institute for Water Research  

  • Dr. Jannike Falk-Andersson is an interdisciplinary scientist that has integrated ecological and social sciences in the study of marine litter. Her research on marine litter includes methods for monitoring of macrolitter, involvement of stakeholders in understanding the origin and reason behind litter ending up in nature and identification of preventive measures, sustainable circular economy solutions, and the cost-benefit of application of clean-up technologies.


Hanna Dijkstra

Hanna Dijkstra, Ph.D. Researcher at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Hanna Dijkstra is a Ph.D. candidate analyzing the societal and business case for preventing plastic pollution and managing marine litter. Her work is part of the EU Horizon 2020 CLAIM project seeking to advance research and methods to manage marine litter and pollution. Specifically, Hanna has studied new business models and sustainable entrepreneurship within the context of plastic pollution and management.


Marcus Eriksen

Marcus Eriksen, Co-Founder and Scientist, The 5 Gyres Institute

  • Marcus Eriksen is an environmental scientist and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, having led sailing expeditions to research the global distribution and fate of plastic in the world’s oceans. Today Eriksen’s research is focused on helping consumer brands and municipalities worldwide to understand the systems and sources of plastic pollution in their region, then driving preventative strategies to stop the flow of plastic to land and sea.


Eivind Bastesen

Eivind Bastesen, Senior Researcher, NORCE

  • Eivind Bastesen is a Senior researcher employed at NORCE, Norwegian Research Centre. He has a PhD from University of Bergen 2010 within geoscience. His research spans from geothermal energy, ground water research to plastic pollution. Since 2017 Eivind has led and participated in several research project focusing on mapping and understanding the consequences for long term marine plastic accumulation along the Norwegian coastline.


Hannah De Frond

Hannah De Frond, International Trash Trap Network Coordinator, Ocean Conservancy & University of Toronto Trash Team

  • Hannah De Frond works with the Ocean Conservancy and the University of Toronto Trash Team to coordinate the International Trash Trap Network (ITTN). The network aims to expand the use of trash trapping technologies and to document the collective impact of installing trash traps around the world. Hannah holds an MSc in Marine Environmental Management from the University of York, UK and was previously a researcher at the University of Toronto where her work focused on testing and improving laboratory methods for the analysis of microplastics.


Carl Höjman

Carl Höjman, Manager, Section on Marine Pollution, SALT 

  • Carl is group manager and senior advisor on Marine Litter at SALT. He has over 10 years experience as a sustainability consultant, originating from southern Sweden and now living in Lofoten, Norway. Carl has a wide array of experience working with monitoring of marine litter, professional clean-ups, testing cleanup technology as well as having an updated perspective on waste management for marine plastics.


Jean-David Lantagne

Jean-David Lantagne, University of Sherbrooke; Co-founder, Hoola One Technologies

  • Jean-David is a Master degree student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sherbrooke and the co-founder of the startup Hoola One Technologies which tackles the problem of microplastic pollution in our environment. With a background in mechanical engineering, Jean-David has specialized in sustainable technologies for large scale beach cleaning of macro and microplastic and recently in technologies for the collection of microplastic in ships wastewater.

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