Innovative maritime waste recycling project
Fishing nets and cables lost or dumped at sea pose a major threat to marine ecosystems and wildlife.
So excitement was high when the Danish company Plastix developed a method—based in part on induction heating technology from EFD Induction—to recycle such waste into reusable plastics and high quality metal.
Indeed, the method and Plastix’s business plan was approved in 2014 for a two-year funding project by the European Union’s (EU) Eco-innovation initiative.
Fishing nets and cables lost or dumped at sea pose a major threat to marine
ecosystems and wildlife, further pressuring an already vulnerable environment.
The EU funding project—known as RETRAWL—came to an official end on August 1this year, marking a significant milestone in the maturation of the Plastix business model and recycling technology. “We’re thrilled to continue working with Plastix on this important and challenging project,” says Allan Klostergaard, Sales Engineer, EFD Induction. “Plastix succeeded where everyone else failed: extracting high quality plastic and metal resources from nets, trawls and cables.”
Plastix and its partners are part of a wider European movement to shift the fishing industry to ‘closed loop’ models. “Too much of the industry is based on a linear model that goes from production to use and straight on into landfill. This has to change, and become more like the closed recycling loop we for example have in Europe with plastic bottles,” adds Klostergaard. Reducing the amount of maritime waste going to landfill is particularly urgent, not least because of EU directives in this key area.
Plastix currently operates a recycling facility at its headquarters in Lemvig in the Jutland region of Denmark. The company is working with several partners to replicate its recycling solution across Europe, with a particular emphasis on the huge Spanish market. The recycled waste yields valuable PA, PP and PE plastics, as well as high grade steel. The Plastix solution even recycles ‘taifun’ wire, a particularly challenging material consisting of weaved steel encased in PE plastic.
Out of the water and back into safe, profitable use.
The plastic is reused as construction material, the metal
RETRAWL is part of the EU initiative ECO Innovation and is co-funded by the European Union within the CIP Eco-Innovation initiative of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP).
The objective of RETRAWL (ECO/13/630174/reTrawl) is to upscale an innovative recycling technology, which transforms used maritime waste into high quality plastic and steel commodities.