Toolkit: Marine litter retention, Implementing your project, Litter reception

See also: Litter collection | Recycling and disposal | Project communication | Raising awareness on marine litter | Monitoring marine litter | Complementary activities

No special equipment is needed to unload the big bags. The equipment usually used to unload the fish can be used to unload the big bags and put them on the quay. The bags will then need to be taken to the existing waste reception facilities in the port. Either fishermen will take the bags to reception facilities themselves or staff from the port authority or waste management company will take the bags to the reception facilities. Who takes the bags to the waste reception facilities will depend on what is agreed with the port authority during the project set-up and the normal arrangements for handling waste from vessels in the port. We recommend that you make sure the arrangements for handling marine litter are the same as the normal arrangements for handling the fishing vessels’ own waste.

If, under your project, fishermen have to take their big bags to reception facilities, arranging with the port authority that the litter can be stored in the same area as ship-generated waste will prevent fishermen having to go to two different places to land their waste. However, keep in mind that you will want to ensure that the marine litter is kept separate in the big bags to allow for proper monitoring of the litter collected.

If fishermen are responsible for taking their bags to reception facilities, they need to have flexible access to the containers. If possible, fishermen should have 24/7 access to reception facilities, as fishing vessels come back to the port at any hour of the day and during the weekend. If this cannot be arranged with the port authority, a mixed system enabling fishermen to leave the bags on the quay when containers are not accessible may be a suitable alternative. 

One project handled the issue of access to waste reception facilities by providing participating fishermen with individual keys to open the containers used to store waste in the port. This made access to the containers easy and convenient for fishermen at any time of the day.

As big bags can be reused for several litter collections, you should make arrangements with the waste management companies to have your empty bags returned to the port.