Collection of waste at sea off the Atlantic Pyrenees (France)

Following the collapse of a portion of the landfill of Corunna (Spain), Kosta Garbia, a union of eight municipalities on the Basque Coast, begun to collect floating waste at sea using a specially equipped boat. The operation takes place from mid-May to 31 August every year. The boat leaves daily for this period if weather permits (105 days theory).


Place / Location


Atlantic Pyrenees

Kosta Garbia  (8 municipalities :  Urrugne, Bidart, Anglet, Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Guéthary, Ciboure, Hendaye) 

Commencement Date 1998
Duration Ongoing
Theme Mitigation
Type of Initiative Practice/ Activity/ Action
Initiated by Kosta Garbia
Involved Stakeholders A fishing company
Funding/Financial Support Yes, by Kosta Garbia
Success Rate Very Successful
Case Study prepared by

Mathieu Darmendrail

4 allée des Platanes, BAYONNE, 64100, France

Tel:+33 (0)5 59 46 52 05

Fax : +33 (0)5 59 46 52 06

Submitted by

Isabelle Poitou, MerTerre

MARLISCO Partner 7

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