Volunteers will be responsible for keeping the docks clean, while others will raise public awareness of environmental issues.
It is one of the major events of 2023. Each year, the Rouen Armada brings together the largest sailing ships in the world on the banks of the Seine. For the next edition, scheduled for June 8 to 18, more than six million visitors are expected in ten days.
This crowd forces the organizers to question the issue of the environment. During the 2019 edition, nearly 700 tons of waste were generated: paper packaging, organic waste, etc.
A team of 42 volunteers
For the 2023 edition, a team of 42 volunteers dedicated to the environment will be set up by the organizers. A team of six will be spread over every kilometer to work on the cleanliness of the platforms (ie six teams) and another will ensure the animation of awareness stands.
“In 2019, we made a big effort on waste collection and sorting. Here, we want to work on raising public awareness, on children, on schools. Recycling waste, reducing and banning plastic waste in single use”, explains Jean Furet, vice-president in charge of the environment, at BFM Normandie.
Before adding, aware of the expectations of visitors, that “2023 will have to be the best Armada in terms of the environment”.
To do this, the organizers are working closely with the metropolis to install even more garbage cans on the platforms. The objective is to put forty in place and that 90% of the waste is recycled.
BFM Normandie and BFMTV are partners of the next edition of the Rouen Armada, scheduled for June 8 to 18, 2023.