North America: Plastic Pellets Made from Recovered Marine Gear

The new product, named “Legacy Plastic”, is made from post-consumer processed recycled plastic recovered during ocean, shoreline, and marine equipment cleanups.

As reported by Ocean Legacy Foundation (a Canadian non-profit organization that develops and implements worldwide plastic pollution programs), the coalition produces the “first commercially available plastic pellet in North America, called Legacy Plastic”.

Resource for “Legacy Plastic” is recovered marine gear such as fishing ropes, buoys, floats, oyster trays and other anthropogenic plastic debris collected from cleanup activities and reprocessed for use in manufacturing new durable products. As reported, the plastic material is sourced from diverse channels within Ocean Legacy’s network of plastic and debris recovery operations with community partners and their recovery efforts. According to Gil Yaron, Director of Sales and Marketing for Ocean Legacy Foundation, “Legacy Plastic” is made in Western Canada entirely from 100 percent cleanup recovered plastic. “For example, we’re really excited about a new partnership with Full Circle Plastics from Nobleford, Alberta. Full Circle Plastics’ line of plastic lumber used in commercial, industrial and residential construction are products that replace many traditional lumber applications, such as planter boxes, agriculture fence posts, outdoor decking construction, and a wide array of domestic outdoor furniture.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2023, Page 35, Photo: Ocean Legacy)