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In Brittany, France on July 8th the first demonstration of a brilliant system to collect marine litter.
A practical demonstration of the collection of floating litter: it will take place on July 8th off the French coasts of Brittany thanks to a group of French fishermen. Their aim is bringing media attention to the serious issue of marine litter, mainly plastic bags and objects which sometimes create real waste islands.
The demonstration was organized by Alain Cadec, a member of the European Parliament, chairman of the local Fisheries Committee, and Thierry Burlot, president of the Waste Sorting Centre of Armor and vice-president of the Bretagne Region in charge of the Environment.
The European Commission itself, last December, defined the fight against marine litter a priority to successfully apply the Circular Economy Package.
The event, organized in collaboration with the Waste Free Oceans Foundation (WFO), will take place on July 8th in the harbour of Erquy, on the northern coast of France. The fishers of the Côtes d’Armor Department Fisheries Committee will show how they collect floating litter thanks to a special trawl net designed by the Waste Free Ocean Foundation.
Once collected, the waste is transferred to a nearby collection centre where it is sorted and sent for recycling.
“Organising this marine litter collection – explained Alain Cadec – enables us to initiate a collaboration between the fishing industry and the local recycling sector. This demonstration is a concrete local example of the circular economy, in which fishermen have an important role.”