Plastic@Bay at the Environmental Research Centre, Thurso. Circular economy and research: fighting plastic pollution in a peri arctic rural environment

We (Plastic@Bay) were invited to the Environmental Research Centre, Thurso, as part of their public ERI Seminar Series to present our work to Blue Circular Economy representatives from Scotland, Ireland and Norway.

Blue Circular Economy (BCE) is part of the EU funded, Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme (NPA). It’s aim is to support the development of the fishing net waste industry in regions across Europe’s Northern Edge. It’s builds on the previous project Circular Ocean. BCE’s aim is to help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) offering products and services from recycling and up-cycling abandoned fishing gear.

This was an ideal opportunity for us to show case our work as our objectives overlap with that of Blue Circular Economy. Our talk was in two parts, first Julien presented the plastic problem faced on a local and global scale, by showing simulations of future plastic accumulation on our beaches, highlighting how regular beach cleans can greatly reduce the amount of plastic on our beaches and entering the oceans. Secondly, Joan presented The Plastic Lab, recycling project in Durness. The Plastic Lab is based on a circular economy model whereby, plastic is removed from the local beaches, recycled and sold. Profits from sales go back into beach cleans and research on plastic pollution. The audience were very engaged and interested in our work, we had a good Q&A session afterwards with interesting discussions and exchange of ideas.

Our updated will be posted in full at a later date, for now you can click here to view a very similar presentation we gave last November.