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Lerwick: Recycling and reuse plans

Old nets from Shetland’s pelagic fishing fleet have been donated a charity which recycles netting, to distribute the proceeds to other charities.

Old nets from Shetland’s pelagic fishing fleet have been donated a charity which recycles netting, to distribute the proceeds to other charities.

Four lorry loads of nets were collected at Lerwick in November 2019 by the Oor Bairns Charitable Trust. 

The charity is led by retired Fraserburgh skipper Willie Whyte, who donates the proceeds from the recycled nets to good causes around the world. Last year the foundation helped to fund new ultrasound scanners in Uganda. The Authority’s support includes storage, handling and cost-free berthing for collection of donated nets. 

The Port also encourages and promotes correct disposal of various waste streams from visiting vessels. Additionally, the port has an annual programme of dragging work to recover waste materials from the seabed and berths in the port. The port also has a boat oil sampling and testing plan extends the life span of boat engine oil, instead of simply replacing oil at every scheduled change.

ENVIRONMENTAL TAGS: Plastics, Waste and Recycling