Freshwater pollution with plastic waste is a serious environmental problem in countries with deficient waste management such as Romania. The project innovation is to develop a new model framework (SAFE-PP) in the regional assessment of freshwater plastic pollution susceptibility. Such a method is necessary because there are significant disparities in terms of river catchment features, waste management performances and socio-economic indicators within a region or county. The project aims to validate this model of susceptibility through case studies in the mountain area (eg Izvoru Muntelui and Bistrita Valley) and transitional areas (e.g. mountain-subcarpathian) supported by a hydrological analysis; to identify "hot spots" of pollution with plastic waste and the causes of their production; to analyze the role of floods and tourism in waste pollution and to propose a support tool for decision-makers in the study area. This research project will point out the best practices related to plastic wastes to stimulate the circular economy in Romania and to improve waste management practices in both urban and rural communities in the proximity of freshwater bodies. The project will be useful to local communities in combating and preventing illegal dumping through prior identification of areas susceptible to such bad practices as well as in prioritizing investments related to plastic waste management.