Deposit on Fishing Nets

The Ocean is waiting for stricter regulations

Dipl.-Ing.(TU) Werner P. Bauer

In my opinion this is not enough: For any non-recyclable rest (as in every processing plant), a thermal recovery is needed.  I believe a complete waste management (material AND thermal recovery) should be a condition for all countries with which EU companies trade plastic fractions. If this is not specified, residual waste from processing inevitably ends up in rivers and the ocean.

Too much waste ends up in the ocean:

Ocean Conservancy writes in its Report "Pandemic Pollution: The Rising Tide of Plastic PPE”, March 2021.  "The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the use of certain types of plastic products. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE), but also single-use plastic bags, food, and beverage containers and other single-use plastics that can harm our communities and the ocean and present waste management challenges.”  "Data collected by Ocean Conservancy and its global ICC partner network suggest that PPE is making its way into our environment in vast quantities.  Volunteers removed 107,219 items of personal protective equipment (PPE) from beaches and waterways worldwide in second half of 2020."

Pollution, climate change, and overfishing significantly threaten marine life.  Even if the figures vary between 46% (Seaspiracy, Netflix) and 10% (Greenpeace), the discarding of fishing nets is a substantial part of this marine pollution.  Please let me know if any large-scale measures or legislative initiatives have already been introduced in this regard. From my point of view, a mandatory deposit on fishing nets could quickly remedy the situation.  After all, only if it is worthwhile to salvage and return a broken net will it not remain in the sea. 

Anyone who understands producer liability as one of the basic principles of the Circular Economy and is interested in finding a solution must include this.


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