Danish company ReSea Project, involved in cleaning rivers and oceans in Indonesia, became the second organization in the world to be certified to DNV GL’s Chain of Custody standard, built to assure the traceability and integrity of plastic recovered from the hydrosphere.
ReSea Project is a community-driven solution to remove plastic from oceans and rivers, meaning that people in local communities are employed to recover the plastic polluting oceans and rivers. This contributes to better living conditions for those removing the plastic and their families, and it helps raise awareness to stop plastic pollution at its source.
The impact of our cleanup is solely dependent on companies funding our mission. Choosing DNV GL and completing the certification is an important milestone for our continuous operations, as it will provide the trust and certainty needed to support us, enabling us to extract plastic at a greater scale. Something that is crucial in the efforts against the ocean plastic crisis,
…says Ann Sofie Gade, Head of Business Development at ReSea Project.
More particularly, the amount of plastic waste flowing into the oceans is rising and gow worse during the pandemic with recurrent reliance on single-use plastic.
The significant ongoing cleanup around the world creates a growing market need to provide trust and transparency in claims. An independent third party like us can verify the origin and traceability of recovered plastic against established requirements in the standard. For ReSea Project, certification of its traceability system assures transparency of its entire plastic collection process,
…says Antonio Astone, Global Service Manager Assurance and Supply Chain in DNV GL.
ReSea Project’s certification covers to the collection of plastic, i.e. removal from waters by fishermen up until the point of delivery to designated waste banks.
Overall, DNV GL’s Chain of Custody standard for reclaimed plastic from the hydrosphere sets forth requirements to assure the traceability and integrity of reclaimed plastic from any body of water. Specifically, the standard is modular and applies end-to-end, from point of extraction to new product, or to parts of the value chain.