Canal It Up

We aim for a clean plastic-free canal in Brussels where nature has its place

IS THERE A PROBLEM?

Yes. The canal at the heart of Brussels has to face a constant stream of garbage, a lack of nature and a bad water quality.

HOW DO WE WANT TO INTERVENE?

RAISING AWARENESS

Every week with new volunteers we go fishing for trash in the canal with our kayaks.

INSTALLING A TRASH BARRIER

We are currently working on the installation of a permanent structure, to be placed close to the Molenbeek lock, to stop the trash and take it out of the water.

GREENING THE CANAL

We propose to give nature its place back in the canal to transform it into a green and pleasant environment for people and animals through the installation of vegetalised islands.

IMPROVING WATER QUALITY

Tackling the problem of the sewage overflows would allow to drasically improve the water quality of the canal.

RECYCLING

We are exploring creative solutions to recycle the trash collected in the canal.

we need your help

join us ON THE WATER for the deposithon

We are organising a cleanup marathon to call for the introduction of a deposit system on bottles and cans and for the increased use of reusable packaging. Fishing out trash with kayaks is not a structural solution, therefore we want to tackle this issue at its roots. And for this, we need your help!

We have launched a paper petition to obtain a hearing at the parliament. Therefore we need to collect 15.000 signatures and the Deposithon will continue until we get there.

Scan signed petition or take a photo and send to info@canalitup.org or by mail to Leopold II laan 23, 1080 Brussel mentioning “Deposithon”

SEWAGE DISCHARGE METER

Sainctelette: Overflow events in September

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Every month we count the number of days the Sainctelette and Maelbeek overflows are activated and publish the results here. These numbers are to be compared to the current Flemish standard according to which an overflow can only function 7 days per year. The overflows in Brussels exceed this annual amount almost every single month. Three overflows in particular are responsible for 75% of the discharged volume into the Senne and the canal. 

News & events

World Cleanup Day – Join us !

BX1 joins us in August

Canal It Up at Bx1 studio

Spotted by Flair!

We’re in Paris Match!

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Bring green to the city

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Karrewiet paid us a visite

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Bruzz Shoot

Fishing for plastic in the canal of Brussels has always been your dream?

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