Marine cleaning businessman champions recycling

Mayflower Marina In 2017, Clean Coast Services pulled out 150.6kg of plastic from Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina

Responsibility for plastic waste is being treated more seriously in the UK, a marine cleaning service boss has declared.

Rikkie Carette, who owns Plymouth-based Clean Coast Services, said in 2017 the company pulled out 150.6kg of plastic that was carried into Plymouth’s Mayflower Marina by the tide, but noted there has been a shift in awareness and attitude towards plastic management.

He explained: “There has definitely been a huge increase in both awareness and the way in which the problem of marine pollution is managed.

“Whether it is encouraging recycling, better waste disposal and education, I have seen a significant change in how the problem is tackled.”

Debris records

Clean Coast Services was set up in 2009 and works across Devon and Cornwall on contracts including the Mayflower Marina, which it keeps free of floating debris.

It also works with Princess Yachts to clean the water around Princess's factory at Newport Street, Plymouth and its pontoons, including those at Mayflower.

Mr Carette keeps a daily record of everything Clean Coast Services removes from the water and presents his findings monthly.

He has been making driftwood-based sculptures for nearly ten years to highlight ocean pollution and to encourage recycling after becoming inspired to recycle the flotsam and other debris he found on and around Plymouth’s waterfront. The sculptures have since been exhibited at the Mall Gallery in London and at the Maritime Art Exhibition.

Each Spring he also run workshops with groups of school children educating them about marine life and encouraging them to make their own art work from beach combing and beach cleans.

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