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In four years, 10,000 tonnes of plastic from the aquaculture industry have been recycled. A quarter is material-generated in Norway. The country's only traceable cycle for industrial plastics is now named OCEANIZE and already has significant climate effects.


Marine plastics are resources lost. In the last four years, COAS (Containerservice Ottersøy) and NOPREC (Norwegian Plastic Recycling) have collected and recycled over 10,000 tonnes of aquaculture plastic. You have an exact overview of where the plastic comes from and where it gets off.


- A quarter of the recycled plastic, 2,500 tonnes, is recycled by NOPREC. The recycling of these plastic quantities has saved the environment around 15 million kilos of C02 equivalents compared to producing new plastic.


Sustainability advisor Helene Øyangen Lindberg



Builds value chains together



OCEANIZE connects the well-functioning waste and raw material chains for plastic in one and the same cycle. The country's only traceable cycle for industrial plastics makes it easier for industrial players to ensure that plastics are part of a responsible and transparent system. More and more industrial companies are committing themselves to the documented cycle, and can call themselves OCEANIZEs.




With the launch of OCEANIZE, we are now increasing the pace of industrial plastic recycling. Together with more and more OCEANIZEs, we do even more of what many just talk about. OCEANIZE's ambition is that all plastic from the fishing and aquaculture industries will be collected, that so much of the plastic is reused here in Norway - and that nothing will be buried, says

Waste veteran and the man behind OCEANIZE, Tom Richard Hamland



Already nationwide



With established partners such as Retura, Masternes Gjenvinning, Østbø, Perpetuum Circuli and Senja Avfall, the plastic collection is already nationwide. In recent years, fish farming cages have been collected along large parts of the coast. Seafood giants Lerøy Aurora and MOWI both deliver to the OCEANIZE cycle.


A separate granulation line for plastic (HD-PE) from fish farms and feed pipes is already in operation. It has also tested other types of plastic, including ropes, ropes, nets and nets. Sintef has calculated that the aquaculture industry alone discards 3,000 tonnes of ropes annually.


The Norwegian plastics industry produces large quantities of plastic, and more and more people have good experiences of using recycled raw materials. Plastic from the OCEANIZE system is used in, among other things, seating furniture, serving trays and industrial products for the construction industry. We want to build on and expand the collaboration with industrial players such as Plasto, PlaMek, Piplelife and Aker Biomarine-owned Aion, so that even more of the recycled plastic is recycled in Norway


Head of sales and value chain Stig Øiangen



Doubling our capacity



A second production line is now being planned, specially designed for recycling ropes. This will double the current recycling capacity. Both Innovation Norway and the Research Council of Norway have supported the pioneering focus on quality control, analyzes and product documentation for plastic granules. It is important to ensure a transparent OCEANIZE.


Tracking and reuse of plastic on an industrial scale is still new in Norway. In recent years, COAS and NOPREC have laid the foundation for OCEANIZE from now on leading the way in responsible and verifiable handling of large quantities of industrial plastics.

Are Brekk, Chairman of the Board of OCEANIZE



- We are at the forefront of a joint strategic competence investment in tracking and information sharing about plastic resources, so that quality and properties in the plastic materials can be retained and documented throughout several life cycles. There will be a basis for increased circularity, with "upcycling" instead of "downcycling" of the plastic resources that Norwegian companies consume, explains sustainability consultant Helene Øyangen Lindberg.



Recycled plastic granules made from ropes from the aquaculture and fishing industry


24 March 2021
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