POCOplast investigates possibilities for sustainable utilization of used hard plastics (such as netpens and rope) from aquaculture. The industry is the largest producer of hard plastics in Norway, and the volume is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. Today, only a small proportion is recycled. There is a great need to increase the recycling rate while also reducing the usage. The main goal of the project is therefore to develop new knowledge on how principles related to the circular economy can be applied in order to realize a more sustainable value chain for hard plastics from the Norwegian aquaculture.
To achieve the goal of increased circular economy, the project will establish a Learning Alliance where business actors and researchers work together to identify opportunities for change in a more sustainable direction. The Learning Alliance will engage actors from the entire value chain, including actors from production, waste generation, recycling, and utilization of recycled plastics in the production of new products. Actors with non-financial purposes will also be involved in achieving the common goal of new knowledge to reduce plastic waste. The Learning Alliance will also work to develop a market for recycled plastics with a view to use it as an input factor in other sectors.