Cage recycling scheme extends to Shetland –

Cage recycling scheme extends to Shetland Published:  24 October, 2006

SHETLAND fish farmers are being urged to take advantage of a new recycling service for redundant salmon cages, which has already been successfully rolled-out on the west coast of Scotland and Orkney.

The scheme will help the environment by preventing old polyethylene plastic (PE) cages from being consigned for landfill.

To take advantage of the scheme, all fish farmers have to do is to deliver any unwanted PE cages to a designated area set aside at the old landfill site at Rova Head, Lerwick. The recycling scheme applies to the plastic pipe sections of the cage only, and it is essential that they have been cleaned prior to delivery.

Once a sufficient number have been delivered, the cages will then be size-reduced using a mobile recycling machine, operated by Axion, with the resultant small plastic pieces being transported back to its recycling facility in Manchester.

The scheme is managed by Fusion Marine, in conjunction with Axion Recycling and Shetland Islands Council. For more details of how to participate, telephone Rova Head landfill site manager Willie Smith on 01595 743960 or Stephen Divers of Fusion Marine on 01631 720730. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.