Twelve years of investment in sustainability have yielded results for Egersund Net, which has shipped close to 17,000 tonnes of discarded bags and other aquaculture equipment to recycler Nofir.
Of these materials, as much as 78% has been recycled to ensure it remains within a circular process.
Egersund Net general manager Glenn Mo said that that recycling is an important part of both their and parent company AKVA group’s sustainability strategy.
‘We work actively to reduce our environmental footprint in all processes and to contribute to an improvement in the entire industry. Being able to set a good example on the recycling side is satisfying, and something we will continue to work on.’
Egersund Net has worked closely with Nofir for almost twelve years to collect and recycle worn out net bags and other equipment for aquaculture.
According to Nofir’s figures, 17,000 tonnes of discarded bags and other equipment for aquaculture correspond to environmental savings of 51,200 tonnes of CO2 – equivalent to 465,000 flights from Oslo to London– and 26,100 tonnes of oil equivalents saved from the environment.
‘These are absolutely fantastic figures and Egersund Net on behalf of its customers has been a large part of Nofir’s total volume of netting and other equipment collected during these years. It is thanks to such partnerships that we are constantly reaching new heights for how much we are able to recycle,’ said Nofir general manager Øistein Aleksandersen.
Nylon accounts for about 60% of the materials sent for recycling and has been re-processed into nylon filaments (ECONYL®) which are sold to the textile industry for the manufacture of new products such as clothing and carpets.
Dismantled net bags ready for recycling. Photo: Egersund Net