This new Interreg Atlantic Area funded project entitled Circular Seas kicked off in Markina Xemien, Spain at the end of May 2019. The project will develop a circular approach to recycling and re-purposing of ocean plastic waste. Halpin’s partner role in the project will be to develop business cases in Ireland for the adoption of 3D printing processes in three target maritime industries,to explore the re-purposing and re-manufacturing of recycled ocean plastic waste. The kick off was hugely successful, as partners were treated to a tour of the lead partners polymer and food science facilities to gain insight into the materials production and the processes involved in the development of newly recycled plastic and biodegradable polymer products.
Lead partner Leartiker, together with the University of La Rochelle and the University of Plymouth are some of the project consortium with expertise in coastal waste management practices, mapping and marine engineering which will strengthen the project outlook over the three year lifespan. Building collaborative partnerships between industry and public authority departments in the raising of awareness around plastic waste management will be a significant focus of each partners role, while bringing new products, processes and technology to the maritime sector across all six nations involved.