What about litter?

~Trillions of plastic-tipped cigarette butts leech toxic chemicals into the environment.

The result?

Massive amounts of nicotine and other toxic chemicals get released.

These toxic chemicals bio-accumulate in various plants and animals. Some of which we eat.

An environmental emergency is at our fingertips.

You can help us fix this by contributing to Open Litter Map.

All of our data is free to view and download by anyone to fix the problems of plastic pollution.

Every year ~100,000s of tonnes of plastic makes its way from land to sea.

Where it becomes significantly more damaging, more difficult, & expensive to remove.

The illusion of "urban cleaning"

is facilitated by infrastructural design.

How about this...

Let's crowdsource data and let anyone access all of the data for free.

OpenLitterMap empowers YOU with the tools to become a CITIZEN SCIENTIST

You can contribute to the production of knowledge. This has the potential to transform public and institutional behaviour.


Geospatial Analysis of Smoking Related Waste in Galway. Dissertation result to achieve a MSc in Coastal & Marine Environments @ National University of Ireland, Galway "Open Litter Map" Seán Lynch (2015).

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The production of geospatial knowledge was once held exclusively by major institutions and people of power.

As a Citizen Scientist, you can create knowledege. This is a paradigm shift in how knowledge is created and shared throughout society.

How to help:

Join today!

  • Enable geotagging on your device.
  • Collect data & process it with our web-app. Mobile apps are in development.
  • Once you submit images, they will have to be verified by our members & admins.
  • Verified images and content will automatically be added to the database, quantitatively & geospatially analyzed and available to view publicly for the world to see!
  • Help us communicate the problems, and solutions- to stop plastic reaching the ocean.

Join Open Litter Map to create a world with less of this

Microplastics in Oranmore, Co. Galway.

In 2010 alone, it is estimated that 8-20 MILLION TONNES of plastic made its way to the ocean.

Penrose Wharf, Cork City, Ireland (above)

Accra, Capital of Ghana, North-Western Coast of Africa more photos on facebook

A sample of what's floating around in the oceans

Plastic pollution is currently responsible for the annual deaths of about 1-million birds and 100,000 marine mammals annually.

By 2025, the amount of plastic entering the ocean is expected to increase to 70 million tonnes assuming current trends continue.