Toolkit: Derelict Fishing Gear Retrieval, Project participants, Waste management and recycling companies

See also: Involvement of fishermen | Participants in DFG retrieval | Port authorities

Waste management and recycling companies, public or private, are often contracted by port authorities to transport the waste to treatment facilities for disposal or recycling. To avoid having to set up separate waste management arrangements for DFG from your project, in principle it is best to incorporate the management of DFG in the existing waste management system in the port. Therefore, it is recommended that you discuss with the port authority and the waste management company how the nets retrieved by your project can be dealt with under the existing arrangements for waste treatment and disposal in the port. Some ports may even already have a collection system for non-operational fishing gear.

There may be recycling opportunities for DFG that have not previously been identified. Under your project, you could conduct a market search and contact companies in the recycling sector that may be interested in recycling the retrieved nets.

If you intend to monitor the nets (length, type, material etc.) that are retrieved under your project, you will need to make suitable arrangements that allow for monitoring. The waste management or recycling companies may help you in this process by weighing the nets and possibly also by analysing (samples of) the nets.

In principle, waste management companies will charge a fee for the additional cost of managing DFG. However, it is worth discussing with the waste management company whether it is willing to sponsor your project by waiving or reducing this fee. If the waste management company is a public entity – a consortium of local government authorities, for instance – assisting your project may fall under a local policy initiative to reduce waste. This could motivate the waste management company to support your project. A private company might also provide waste management services free of charge as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. Publicising the participation of the waste manager as part of your project’s communications activities, may help to secure the waste management company’s contribution to your project.

If recycling opportunities have been identified for the DFG collected under your project, the potential for the waste management company to reduce or waive its fees, or even pay for a regular supply of recyclable material, is greater. Recycling of the DFG would be the most ideal outcome.