Plastic Soup Surfer Resolution

surfer breaks political deadlock

In February 2017 we collected 60.000 signatures which urged the government to implement Deposit Fee on small plastic bottles. When presenting the petition in parliament we surprised the politicians by having them sign a resolution. This official ‘Plastic Soup Surfer resolution’ has now become the basis for new policy.

The adopted resolution

The 'message on a bottle expedition' was the kick-off to a petition that called out to have deposit fee instated on plastic bottles. We managed to collect nearly 60 thousand and present those to parliament on Valentines day 2017. (Instead of stacks of paper with signatures we took along 60thousand sweets -suger hearts- and presented those.)

We surprised politicians with a resolution we had written ourselves and had them sign it. It demanded '90% less littered plastic bottles within three years'. The representatives of all the ruling political parties signed.

The official ‘Plastic Soup Surfer resolution” was adopted by parliament two days after we had the politicians of all the political parties sign it. (First ever openly citizen written resolution adopted by parliament and directly without vote.) 

This resolution aimed at the reduction of littered plastic bottles has become the basis of the new policy and aims to have Deposit Fee instated on small PET bottles by 2021.

In the Netherlands alone a staggering amount of 75 million small plastic bottles are littered each year.

The official resolution

We came from far. Now sailing into port has become the most treacherous part of this journey. But our resolve is growing as we get closer.

The resolution in parliament