Fishermen in India are collecting and recycling ocean plastic


Several thousand fishermen in Kerala, India have begun collecting and recycling the ocean plastic they encounter each day out on the ocean. Along with several government agencies, the fishermen are trying to give back to the ocean that has provided for them by cleaning it up. This is the first recycling center in the region and it was set up specifically to combat ocean plastic. Since August of last year the fishermen have collected and recycled 65 metric tons of ocean plastic.

The majority of the recovered plastic can be recycled, while some is too degraded to be recycled. These pieces are broken down even further into small pellets that are used to reinforce ailing roads in the area.

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