Waste Free Oceans - Official launch in Portugal (Porto)

Portugal, (PresseBox) - On the 28th of March 2012, Waste Free Oceans Foundation will launch the first demonstration of floating litter collection in Portugal (Porto) in collaboration with Lipor (Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto) and APIP (The Portuguese Plastic Industry Association).

The participants will have the chance to see the process of collection with the THOMSEA Trawl 2T in the Duero river. The new 8T trawl will be displayed also in order to show the structure and possibilities of the new design.

Speakers present during the launch of WFO Portugal include: Mr. Manuel Pinto de Abreu (Secretary of the State), Mr. Tiago Pitta e Cunha (Counsellor to the President of the Republic), Mr Alexandre Dangis (Waste Free Oceans Director), Mr. João Pedro Matos Fernandes (Chairman of the Administration Board of the Leixões Port), Mr. Fernando Leite (Managing Director of Lipor) and Mr. Marcel de Botton (APIP President).

Mr. Marcel de Botton noted: "Waste Free Oceans Portugal is the correct initiative to connect the Industry with the Portuguese fisheries sector and recyclers. People will see that by connecting these actors we can develop a strategy to help the environment and make our activities more sustainable".

Mr. Alexandre Dangis noted: "WFO has achieved great success during 2011 in other countries across Europe. Now it is time for Portugal. Our Foundation is convinced that this initiative will be a great step forward towards the floating debris collection in Portugal waters bringing it back to landfill for recycling purposes. It is a fantastic solution".

Waste Free Oceans Foundation (WFO) is a ground breaking public-private initiative aimed at mobilizing and uniting the fisheries sector and the international plastics industry in combatting the growing issue of floating litter on the coastlines, at the rivers and in the seas.

Various projects were launched in Europe (France, Belgium and Spain) during 2011 with participation and full support of EU Commissioner Mrs. Maria Damanaki (Maritime Affairs & Fisheries) and MEP Mrs. Anna Rosbach.

To find out more about Waste Free Oceans, please visit our website at http://www.wastefreeoceans.eu/ , here you may find out where we are conducting trials and follow our progress.

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