11 September 2020
Volunteers in Torbay have been processing commercial fishing nets at Brixham Quay - stripping them of metal work, rubber and rope so it can be transported to a company in Denmark where the nets will be recycled back into plastic pellets.
The group of only 8 volunteers have processed 90 Dumpy bags - donated by Inter-line Building Supplies and The Ocean Recovery Project - full of net and committed over 123 volunteer man hours to the project. The recycling scheme is in partnership with Odyssey Innovation who are the UK representative of Plastix, a specialist net recycler based in Denmark. Once recycled some of the plastic pellets will go towards making roof tiles or kayaks available from Odyssey Innovation.
Tor Bay Harbour Authority team have also supported the project by storing the net, lifting the heavy items with the forklift and helping to load the collection lorry, it’s been a collaborative effort, showcasing what is possible when you work together.