Fin will be emptied on a weekly basis by local firm Biffa who will record how much plastic we have removed from possibly entering the water courses over the winter months.
The University of Hull works tirelessly to find solutions to some of the biggest environmental challenges facing the world today, from climate change to plastics, flooding to renewable energy. The University’s Plastics Collaboratory has a major Innovate UK/EPSRC funded project to engage with local and national industry partners to encourage the re-use and recycling of plastics and a move away from single-use plastics.
Professor Dan Parsons, Director of the University's Energy and Environment Institute, said: "The world has woken up to the critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans, which is a growing challenge and is having devastating consequences for marine environments both globally and off our Yorkshire coastline.
Our scientists at the University of Hull are tackling these issues through our research and teaching but we all have a duty to do what we can to protect our fragile marine ecosystems. That’s why we’re delighted to support Yorkshire Water’s ‘Do your bit’ initiative. We hope that Fin the Fish will help visitors to The Deep see this growing problem and prompt them to consider what they can do to reduce their own waste.”
Built in Egton Bridge, by Godbold Blacksmiths Ltd and installed by KRC Engineering Service, Fin also showcases local talent in North Yorkshire by being designed and built in our wonderful part of the world.
Lee Pitcher, Head of Resilience Yorkshire Water says “Fin is our way of showing everyone that they can make a difference to save the sea, the creatures who live in it and our planet. How amazing to think that every time you use Fin, you are doing your bit to help save the planet.”
Head down to The Deep over winter and “Do your bit” by feeding Fin.