TerraCycle pushes for more beach plastic collection – USA

Posted on March 24, 2017 by DrRossH in Plastic Waste News

New Orleans — Organizers of a beach plastics recovery campaign expect to greatly expand collection efforts in the coming months to locations around the world.Recycling company TerraCycle Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. grabbed headlines earlier this year with a program that captured ocean-

Source: TerraCycle pushes for more beach plastic collection – Plastics News

“The collection goals we’ve set forth in total approach I would say probably 500 to 1,000 tons coming off beaches over the next 12 months. It is very much not a fad. I think that we’re investing the staff and resources and building our programs with our partners, making this a long-lasting impact,” he said.

TerraCycle will work with existing beach cleanup programs to divert collected plastics away from landfill disposal, Stevens said during the Plastics Recycling 2017 conference in New Orleans.

“What we have to do is layer our collection efforts today on top of everyone who is already doing beach cleanups. If you are any organization of any size that’s doing beach cleanup, we want the plastic from your beach cleanup. We’re already engaging them. We have a team that’s reaching out in every market,” Stevens said.

PWS supports Beachpatrol Australia.   Here at beachpatrol.com.au we have over 22 groups around Port Phillip Bay in Victoria Australia collecting beach plastic monthly. We clean once a month and record the weight and # of bags of litter we get. Also how many bottles and cans we pick up. Far too much unfortunately.