NORWAY and THE NETHERLANDS - It is estimated that each year 640,000 tones of useless nets and ropes are discarded or lost in the sea, which is a serious threat to both marine life and divers. This being the case, Norwegian company Nofir has decided to organize big action focused on collecting discarded material from fishing and farming industries around the Netherlands coastline.
The action of collecting material in the Netherlands will take place in April in response to the increasing problem of marine waste treatment in Europe.
More and more fishermen and fish farmers complain about disposal of used material (such as nets and ropes) which is hard to sort and transport. In this way, enormous amounts of nets are dumped into the sea and become a serious ecological problem.
Nofir’s activity in the Netherlands will include finding companies, fishermen or fish farmers who want to get rid of material.
The Norwegian company will arrange transport and loading to Lithuania where materials will be dismantled and mostly given for recycling.
"The Netherlands seems to be the perfect place for organising such an action. We hope to collect a lot of material and help reduce the amount of nets dumped into the sea. We are open for cooperation. If sombody contacts us, we will visit them immediately and take specific action," said Tomas Sarnacinskas, Procurement Manager of Nofir.
Nofir is a nationwide recycling system for the fishing and fish farming industry. the Norwegian company collects used nets, ropes and cords coming from the marine industry ensuring safe and clean waste treatment.
To be more effective Nofir implemented the Eco-innovation project that that supports innovative ideas, services and processes which provide environmental protection. The project goal includes decreasing the amount of plastic waste in European seas by 2100 tons and decreasing CO2 emission by 9600 tons.
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