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TOMRA UK partners with all-female plastic pollution circumnavigation mission

Monday, 30 September 2019

Reverse vending experts from TOMRA’s UK team are preparing to wish bon voyage to the inspirational ‘eXXpedition’ team. eXXpedition is a series of all-female scientific voyages travelling around the world on a two-year mission to research microplastic pollution and raise awareness about marine litter.

TOMRA, the Norway-headquartered global resource sustainability company, is a gold sponsor of the round-the-world mission for a second time and will see some of its team join the crew during the landmark voyages.

Setting off from Plymouth on October 8th, the 2 year round-the-world journey will see 300 women over 30 voyages traversing the Arctic and four of the globe’s trash gyres – where marine plastic gathers in a system of ocean currents.  Four TOMRA staff members are getting set to roll up their sleeves and join the crew to work on the mission.

Truls Haug, Managing Director of TOMRA Collection Solutions UK & Ireland, said: “We are immensely proud to be sponsoring this cutting-edge scientific research mission once again. With TOMRA’s focus on land-based solutions it is crucial that we understand the causes of ocean plastic first-hand. Our role on the science advisory board also means that we can play a further role in translating the findings into real world solutions.

“Last year our Circular Economy Advisor, Kristine Berg, joined eXXpedition’s voyage from Hawaii to Vancouver, crossing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and the findings that she shared have highlighted the continued importance of turning off the tap of plastic pollution at the source.”   

TOMRA provides reverse vending machines that receive 40 billion empty drink containers for recycling every year and solutions for sorting mixed waste for recycling.  

Kristine Berg – who is based at TOMRA’s headquarters in Norway – is again set to join eXXpedition for part of this year’s journey.  She said: “Reverse vending, waste sorting and circular economy are vital ways to turn off the tap of plastic litter entering our oceans, and we at TOMRA need to see the true scale of the pollution to build understanding and urgency around the issue of marine litter.”

Emily Penn, eXXpedition Co-founder and Mission Leader, said: “We are thrilled to have TOMRA back on board with the eXXpedition journey. They have literally made it their business to be innovative leaders in the resource revolution, providing smart solutions for the sustainability of our planet’s resources. Like TOMRA, we believe that in order to stop the flow of plastics into our oceans, we must look up the value chain to preventive approaches that motivate recycling, reduce reliance on raw materials, and encourage everyone to see the value in what has previously been thought of as waste.”



Notes to editors:

For full information on the eXXpedition journey visit: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eAVmC-Jma_3OImjg3tqsmGLjRYFiBlWgtBV1thwxaXA/edit





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