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Target Groups

Community – Public Authorities – Trade Associations – Retailers


Detection – Monitoring
Collection – Valorisation
Prevention – Zero Waste

Type of Litter

Beach Litter – Microplastics

Goals Achieved Towards a Plastic-Free Future

Restore underwater wildlife

Partners involved: CNR, local NGOs, Sinis Marine Protected Area, local fishermen groups

Sinis Peninsula is in the Central-Western part of Sardinia Island. Beaches, archaeological as well as naturalistic tourist destination.

It has numerous fishing fleet for small coastal fishing. Inside the Gulf of Oristano there is an industrial and a tourist port.

Marine plastic pollution is currently one of the most critical environmental issues in this area, mainly linked to tourist and fishing activities, with the problem of abandoned fishing nets. The sea deposits plastics on the shore including beaches.

The site chosen offers a clear opportunity for the removal of plastic waste both from the beaches as well as from the seabed. Tourism in this area is based on activities in nature and therefore a clean environment is key. Working in synergy with the authorities, trade associations, and fishermen will make it possible to ‘enlist’ conscious sentinels of the sea, engage in activities and receive feedback.

The project will maintain environmental criteria in the area and contribute to a new standard of reducing sea pollution. Over the next 10 years, we assume to be able to replicate clean-ups at least 300 more times in Sardinia, while deploying at least 50 km more of the fishing gear and launching the zero waste packaging solutions across 60% of the island. This way, 60 more tonnes of plastic litter can be collected and around 290 tonnes of conventional plastics prevented.


Underwater drone equipped with a camera and a microplastic sampling unit
Beach Clean-Ups
Testing of biodegradable fishing gear and collecting feedback from fishermen
Dredging and diving to collect plastic litter
>8 meetings with Sinis Marine Protected Area and trade associations
Laboratory extraction of plastics from the different matrices and their polymeric characterisation


  • Organise >8 campaigns for collection and monitoring of plastic pollutants from the seabed and shoreline
  • 200 kg of plastic waste to be collected
  • >100 citizens to be involved
  • reach >3 retailers for the inclusion of zero-waste products
  • prevent 2 tonnes of plastic waste


Sardinia (Sinis Peninsula)

Basic data

500 km2, 14 million tourists per year