Norwegian company Nofir, which runs a nationwide recycling system for fishing and fish farming industry, has organised a large European campaign to target discarded equipment from the fishing and farming industry.
Nofir says that every year hundreds of tonnes of nets and ropes are discarded in the sea, which then become a serious threat to both marine life and divers.
Nofir’s Eco-Innovation project activity in Europe includes finding companies or fisherman who want to get rid of material and arranging to transport for it to Lithuania, where it can be dismantled and, in most cases, recycled.
The campaign has received €680,000 in funding from the EU.
The company says that it has already been contacted by many in Europe who want to discard material and Tomas Sarnacinskas, procurement manager of Nofir, said: “We encourage people to contact us, we will visit them immediately and take specific action”.
Nofir’s Eco-Innovation project supports innovative ideas, services and processes which provide environmental protection. It says its goals include decreasing the amount of plastic waste in European seas by 1900 tonnes, decreasing plastic waste to land fill by 2450 tonnes and decreasing CO2 emission by 8700 tonnes.
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