An Amsterdam-based company hopes to close the loop, literally, on plastic waste in the country’s waterways.

Plastic Whale’s concept involves collecting waste from the city’s canals and recycling it into boats that are used to collect waste from the city’s canals.

Tourists and employees fish waste from Amsterdam waterways. Photo credit: Richard MouwTourists and employees fish waste from Amsterdam waterways. Photo credit: Richard MouwThe team began with a single boat two years ago and currently has seven in its fleet. They sort plastic and other waste as they cruise the canals and have found that plastic water bottles make the best boats for their usage. The company shreds recovered plastic and builds its own boats.

With over 20 employees on staff, the firm hopes the idea for cleaning local waterways will spread to other countries. The firm has partnered with a local museum to develop a school program where children learn about waste and then go plastic fishing.

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