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Dover Cruise Port taking a stand on ocean plastic – quite literally

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Port of Dover's stand at #STCGlobal made entirely from waste plastic collected from the sea and beaches
Dover Cruise Port will be exhibiting at next week’s Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami running from April 8-11 with a stand made entirely from waste plastic that was collected from the world’s oceans and beaches during 2018.

From the frame, the walls and furniture to soft furnishing and flooring, the whole stand is made from recycled plastic and it will all be recycled again into another stand at the end of its life.

Ecobooth accredited zero waste

Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise at Dover Cruise Port, said: ‘We’re taking a stand on ocean plastic – quite literally. Produced from renewable power, our ‘ecobooth’ (Stand 1123) is accredited zero waste, a great message for those cruise lines looking to have the least impact on the planet while having the most impact on growing their business.’

The Port of Dover has its own dedicated environmental team working within the port and with users to improve the sustainability of its operations.

In 2017, it introduced the SEA (Safety Environment Awareness) Award, initiated in order to encourage other users of the Port, specifically visiting cruise vessels, to follow the correct procedures and maximise their recycling. Following this initiative, the percentage of recycling for cruise ship waste increased substantially from 23% to 40% in just one year.

Cruise traffic at UK Port of Dover has increased 30% in the last three years and is set for further growth with the opening of a new 300mtr long (plus dolphin making it 350mtr) multipurpose quay this year as part of the Western Docks Revival development project.

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