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Ban single use plastic

March 9, 2021 @ 19:30 - 21:00

The Maastricht Climate Coalition’s demand to ban single-use plastic seems straightforward, given the municipality’s goal to be waste-free by 2030 and the public’s awareness on plastic pollution. However, such visions for Maastricht’s waste management seem unrealistic. Streets are still filled with single-use coffee cups and take away packaging, especially as the sanitary context has given the ‘to-go’ trend a strong boost. So, what is required to stop the flood of plastic waste entering our ecosystems? In this 90 minute webinar, we bring experts from different perspectives together to talk about concrete solutions for the Maastricht community. Anne Marieke Eveleens from the Great Bubble Barrier introduces us to an innovative technology to clean the Maas river. Prof Dr Yvonne van der Meer, Professor & group head Sustainability of Chemicals and Materials and Scientific co-director Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials presents cutting-edge research on new material solutions and single-use alternatives. Lastly, our third speaker Maartje Meesen updates us on the actions already taken and to be taken by the municipality and other actors to come closer to the city’s ambitious goal. After each speaker has introduced their unique perspective, you are invited to ask questions and share your own point of view and propose solutions.💭

This event will take place via Zoom in both English and Dutch. Feel free to join whether you are an international student or someone from the local community. 🙌🙌

We hope to see you there! 💚

Meet the speakers:

Anne Marieke Eveleen

Co-founder and chief business development officer of the Great Bubble Barrier – a young and fast-growing Dutch start-up located in the north of Amsterdam. In 2015, together with an amazing group of pioneers they created an innovative solution to stop plastic in rivers on its way to the ocean, without blocking ship traffic and hinder fish movement – the great plastic bubble.

Yvonne van der Meer

Professor holding the Chair Sustainability of chemicals and materials at the Faculty of Science and Engineering. She leads the research group of Sustainability of Biobased Materials in the Aachen-Maastricht Institute for Biobased Materials. The mission of her research team is to provide suitable methods, metrics, tools, and accurate sustainability assessments of chemicals and materials to guide the transition from a fossil-based to a biobased economy and from a linear to a circular economy.

Maartje Meesen

Project coordinator of the CNME (Center for Nature and Environmental Education). The main goal of the CNME is to connect people and nature in Maastricht and the region, involving citizens, companies and governments in their natural environment and creating support for sustainable action. Maartje has led different initiatives to fight the big waste issue in Maastricht. Some of these initiatives are #PickitUp, Schone Maas, #Maascleanup.

Meet the moderator:

Job Zomerplaag

Maastricht-based creative project manager and science journalist. He works at Studio Europa Maastricht, an organization which aims to position Maastricht as a meeting place for citizen dialogue and debate and establish a Centre of Excellence for research on Europe and European integration. Job is studying Public Policy & Human Development at Maastricht University and United Nations University – MERIT. He holds a MSc in European Urban Studies from the 4CITIES Erasmus Mundus Programme (universities in Brussels, Vienna, Copenhagen and Madrid) and a BSc from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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March 9, 2021
19:30 - 21:00
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Maastricht for Climate

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