Marine Plastic Recycling
plastic as a resource
Plastics from the Ocean should be seen as a resource. It's unacceptable to remove this resource from our Oceans and bury or incinerate it if it can be recycled. In Spring 2016, after another Winter of severe storms throwing tonnes of plastic onto our shores, Neil Hembrow from Keep Britain Tidy offered help with the recycled ocean plastic kayak project. Since 2010, the BeachCare programme has completed over 1100 volunteer beach cleans removing 160 tonnes of plastic. But where was this plastic going? Initially, we discussed using the plastic from these beach cleans to help build the kayaks. Neil worked on building the infrastructure to collect plastic from his beach clean groups and discovered that Exeter City Council were very keen on recycling our beach plastic. This coalition founded the Ocean Recovery Project which has the following objectives:
Empower volunteer beach cleaners by recycling their waste
Divert waste from landfill & incineration
Support local authorities & other organisations in recycling marine waste
Work with industry to find solutions for the use of marine plastics
Encourage beach cleans across the South West by offering a recycling solution where beach ownership and disposal issues arise.
Use innovative, responsible recovery and recycling methods.
Not all the plastic gathered is suitable for kayak manufacturing, but can be used for multiple other products, as such we gather all recyclable material.
We found that fishing nets made up a large volume of the plastic we found on our beaches, they can not be recycled in the UK and so we have Partnered with Plastix, a specialist net recycler to recycle these.
Together, we have recycled in the region if 20 tonnes over the past year with an ever-increasing capacity. Please contact us for more information.
Aims and Objectives
Our aim is to recycle as much beach waste as possible. We have recycled 10 tonnes of marine waste and aim to support as many volunteer groups, organisations and local authorities as possible. Our recycling rate is currently around 80% of what we collect. The guidance below detains what we can and cannot accept. Join us on our recycling mission!
NET- This needs to be separated in BLACK BAGS, DUMPY BAGS or left loose if very large. Large clean pieces of net are wanted. Small bits, trimming or heavily contaminated cannot be recycled.
HARD RIGID PLASTICS - We can recycle any identifiable pieces of rigid plastic. Drums, fish crates, bottles, pipes, bottle caps, food containers. Anything that someone can identify at the recycling centre. Please place in CLEAR bags or DUMPY bags.
THICK PLASTIC SHEET - Opaque in colour, thick plastic or tarpaulin. To be placed in CLEAR bags, DUMPY bags or left loose if very large.
METAL - Any metal can be recycled with us. Cans, tins, pipes, metal sheet e.t.c
Rope. Small pieces of net. Contaminated net, Unidentifiable fragments of plastic. Dog Poo. Polystrene. Food waste. Fly tipped items (microwaves, freezers, cookers, e.t.c)