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Waste Free Oceans Foundation

Identification number in the register: 672990212427-44
Registration date: 12/12/2013 12:14:56

The information on this entity was last modified on: 17/11/2014 13:36:34
The date of the last annual update was: 17/11/2014 13:36:34

This entry follows the format of the previous Register. It will be changed to the new format when the entity makes the next update.
Next update due latest on: 27/04/2015

    Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Waste Free Oceans Foundation



    Section of registration

II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations

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    Contact details

Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 7th Floor
Brussels 1000

(+32) 2 732 41 24

(+32) 2 732 42 18

Avenue de Cortenbergh, 71
1000 Brussels - Belgium
Tel.: +32 2 732 41 24
Fax: +32 2 732 42 18

    Person with legal responsibility

Mr  Alexandre Dangis

WFO Director

    Person in charge of EU relations

Mr  Alexandre Dangis

WFO Director

    Goals / remit

Waste Free Oceans (WFO) is a ground breaking public-private foundation that mobilizes and unifies the international plastics industry, the recycling industry, fisheries sector, public authorities and different stakeholders in combating the growing issue of floating litter on the coastlines, at the rivers and in the seas.

WFO was officially launched in May 2011 following 18 months of discussions between industry, national authorities and EU institutions which culminated in an agreement that the time had come for industry to act together in tackling the growing problem of marine litter and to ensure the health and purity of the coastal waters.

Various projects were launched in Europe during 2011 with participation and full support of the EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs & Fisheries, Mrs. Maria Damanaki and the MEP Mrs. Anna Rosbach.

During 2012 additional projects were launched in different EU countries like Portugal, France, Sweden, Austria, Turkey, Denmark, Hungary, Cyprus and The Netherlands.
WFO also has pilot operations and offices for the Americas, The Middle East & Africa and the Far East & India.

WFO is contributing to remediation of existing pollutions and removal of floating marine debris in so-called ‘environmental hotspots’ in coastal areas. It is a movement that is developing very fast on a global level with an appropriate management structure put in place.

WFO is keen to continue to work with international bodies (UNEP) and local authorities to find permanent solutions and avoid littering of seas and rivers. Meanwhile several environmental hotspots are being identified on a regular basis and these need to be cleaned up with a view to recovery and recycling through the assistance of all stakeholders. Our goal is to show society how our initiatives and activities help to improve the environment.

Using existing fishing trawls and new technology, WFO engages the fishing community in cleaning up floating marine debris and brings it back to land for sorting, recycling and/or energy recovery.

  • European
  • global
  • national
  • regional/local


In May 2011, St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in France held the official launch of the WFO activities.

During Oct 2011 Waste Free Oceans held its first public conference in the presence of politicians, NGOs and industry representatives.

Due to the successful events, WFO launched the activities in November 2011 in Ostend, the main port of Belgium, together with SDVO (The Foundation for Sustainable Fishery Development). WFO received political support from the EU Commissioner Mrs Maria Damanaki and the MEP Anna Rosbach who attended the event in Ostend emphasizing the need of activities as Waste Free Oceans for the recovery of the waste from the waters.

More launches followed Belgium, starting in Barcelona (Spain) and continuing in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), Porto (Portugal), Saint Mandrier (France), Vienna (Austria), Istanbul (Turkey), Bornholm (Denmark), Neszmely (Hungary), Limassol (Cyprus) and Ijmuiden (The Netherlands).

In Vienna, WFO presented Waste Free Danube

Meanwhile, WFO has been taking part in different events at worldwide level. On the 22nd of May 2012, WFO together with other stakeholders organized a panel discussion during the European Maritime Days 2012 in Sweden “Reducing marine litter for the sake of the environment...and blue growth?” about the economic implications of marine litter, highlighting how marine litter affects key sectors that rely on the marine environment.
During the 2013 edition of the European Maritime Days in Valetta (Malta), WFO was selected by the EU Commission to organize a workshop about the removal of Marine Litter in Europe’s Four Regional Seas.

In June 2012, WFO participated in the forum “Plasticity Rio 2012” which was celebrated in parallel with the “UN Rio+20 Earth Summit”.

In July 2012, WFO participated in the conference “Developing a New International Architecture for Maritime Policy” under the EU – U.S. Conference Series “Sustainable Oceans: Reconciling Economic Use and Protection”.

In October 2012, WFO the Americas participated in the UNEP conference on the Protection and Development of the Marine Environment of the Caribbean Region being part of the panel of experts in the “First United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Protocol Concerning Pollution from Land-Based Sources and Activities in the Wider Caribbean Region”.

In November 2012, WFO was invited to present the Foundation to the Board of the Black Sea Commission during their yearly meeting.

WFO was also present in different fairs as the European Green Week 2012 in the European Commission in Brussels. The Green Week is the biggest annual conference on European environment policy.

WFO was also present in the IWES Waste Technologies Symposium and Exhibition in Istanbul, Turkey on the 16th of November 2012 where WFO was presented in the panel of experts regarding Recovery and Recycling Technologies.

Waste Free Oceans joined the Sustainable Ecosystem Days (SEG) Conference on 4-6 April 2013 in Istanbul, Turkey. This conference is organized by the Istanbul Technical University each year attracting academic people, university students and environmental activist.

In October 2013, WFO organized together with different NGO’s a workshop about marine litter in the conference WILD10 in Salamanca (Spain). WILD10, the 10th World Wilderness Congress (WWC), is the most recent in what has become the longest-running, international, public conservation project. It is a two-three year process of collaboration between many groups, governments, experts in all fields, community representatives, businesses, scientists, artists and more.

Also in October 2013, WFO organized a workshop and a launch of its activities in the port of Vigo, Galicia (Spain). The Galician fishing community is the biggest fishing community in Europe. Involving them in the recovering of marine litter is a good step forward in the fighting against marine litter.

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    Fields of interest

  • Climate Action
  • Consumer Affairs
  • Environment
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Food Safety
  • Humanitarian Aid
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology

    Membership and affiliation

    Financial data

01/2013  -  12/2013

< 50,000  €

0 €

0 €

    Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.