Fishing Net Recycling

Odyssey Innovation Ltd offers free net recycling solutions of Polyethylene trawl and Nylon gill nets through our recycling partner Plastix. Our net recycling program has been developed to support both the fishing industry and conservation. It originated from finding solutions to recycle the nets we gathered through the Ocean Recovery Project, we discovered that there are no viable net recycling schemes in the UK, as a result, most go to landfill. Plastix, who is based in Denmark, is the only specialist net recyclers in Europe capable of dealing with our nets.


Our net recycling scheme works within several SW harbours to recycle end-of-life nets. It also recycles nets from, the Ocean Recovery Project, net makers, numerous beach clean groups, Keep Britain Tidy, the National Trust and nets found during dive retrievals by Fathoms Free. Many small harbours have insufficient storage space for large quantities of nets or poor access for large vehicles. To remove these barriers, we have set up centralised drop off points across the SW so that smaller quantities of nets can be gathered and stockpiled.

Company director Rob Thompson, is a member on the project review board for the Global Ghost Gear Initiative and a member of their solutions working group. Through his work with the initiatives partners and extensive discussions within the fishing industry regarding safe disposal of end of life fishing gear, Rob identified that the greatest obstacles faced by the fishing industry was the lack recycling facilities and the high financial costs involved in the disposal of nets. If you would like to know more about how we can help recycle your nets please contact us.