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Council teams up with TerraCycle to tackle plastic problem on Isle of Wight beaches

The Isle of Wight Council has teamed up with TerraCycle to recycle plastic found on Island beaches. Picture by Ross Findon.

The Isle of Wight Council has teamed up with TerraCycle to recycle plastic found on Island beaches. Picture by Ross Findon.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 12:52

RECYCLING company TerraCycle and the Isle of Wight Council have teamed up to tackle the plastic problem on Isle of Wight beaches.
In the past, plastic picked up by council and volunteer beach cleaners could not be recycled due to degradation caused by saltwater, sand and sun.
But thanks to the partnership with TerraCycle the material can now be concerned into items including benches, watering cans and bins.
Brighstone Landscaping, the council's beach cleaning contractor, will store the materials at its depot.
Tom Szaky, TerraCycle CEO and founder said: "We hope that the launch of this exciting new initiative will not only help to clean up plastic on beaches but also inspire consumers to play their part and prevent more waste landing on beaches.
"The recycling of typically 'unrecyclable' plastic products would not be possible without the great work and support of the beach clean volunteers and other organisations like them who do such an important job in cleaning up the beaches."
Cabinet member for environment and heritage, Cllr John Hobart, said: "We are really excited that thanks to this innovative collaboration between the council, TerraCycle and Brighstone Landscaping, we finally have a way to recycle all the rigid plastics the fantastic and dedicated beach clean-up volunteers clear from our beaches."
The Island-based Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently revealed that if business and consumer behaviour does not change, the oceans are expected to contain more plastics than fish - by weight - by 2050.

 


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