Salt-encrusted marine waste from BC shores dealt with at new ocean plastic recycling depot

British Columbia’s first ocean plastic depot – where people can drop off waste found in the water and along the shoreline, such as nets, ropes, buoys, and Styrofoam that would otherwise end up in the local landfill – has opened its doors in Powell River.

The depot will target materials collected from cleanup efforts, as well as legacy equipment from the marine sector, to divert landfill waste and reduce oceanic plastic pollution. The new facility in Canada provides a designated location for these materials to be properly contained and select items recycled.

The Ocean Plastic Depot came about through a partnership with the Ocean Legacy Foundation, qRD and Augusta Recyclers, with funding from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Ocean plastic and other trash that is collected from sea water is often encrusted with sea salt, which means most conventional recycling facilities will not take it because the salt will corrode their machines.

Now, salt encrusted trash will be collected onsite and transported to the Ocean Legacy Foundation’s processing centre in Delta which is set up to sort and recycle it.

Ocean Legacy president Chloé Dubois said: “This development will provide critical infrastructure to capture plastic wastes, divert them from landfill and responsibly recycle items to not only support innovative technologies but further implement pragmatic solutions to grow the Canadian plastic circular economy.”

It is expected that a second depot will open this year in Tofino.

Image Credit: Getty

Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com

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