The installation of this decking underlines Marine Harvest’s commitment to minimise environmental impact, given that the material used in its manufacture comes from a variety of fish farm waste sources including old feed bags, feeder pipes and redundant fish pens.
Supplied by Fusion Marine’s sister operation, Fusion Recycled Plastic, the new decking has been installed at the front of the Ardnish building, enabling visitors to the site to get great views across Lochailort to the feed trial pens.
The site hosts a large number of visitors each year, and according to Site Manager Davie Corrigan, the recycled decking platform is seen by the company as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution to helping serve their requirements.
“We were looking to enhance the visitor experience at the site and we are delighted with how the recycled plastic decking has turned out,” he says. “We were attracted by its environmental credentials and also because it is will last much longer than wood, requiring virtually no maintenance.”
Stephen Divers, Managing Director of Fusion Marine, said: “Recycled plastic is a very versatile and durable material and we have had enquiries from a number of fish farm sites for long-lasting decking and other products for their shore-based premises.
“What is particularly exciting about this installation is that it is using old waste material from fish farms that might otherwise have been consigned for landfill.”
As well as decking, Fusion Recycled Plastic has a wide range of outdoor furniture in its product portfolio, and last year supplied two picnic tables made from recycled plastic to the personnel area of the Marine Harvest site at East Loch Tarbert in the Western Isles.