Trap Recycling Program Conceived on Sunbeam Lives On

OceansWide’s Executive Director Campbell “Buzz” Scott feeds discarded wire lobster traps into a gas-powered crusher at Trash 2 Treasures’ recycling station in Gouldsboro. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY LETITIA BALDWIN
Trap recycling program is poised to expand
January 5, 2021 by Letitia Baldwin on News, Waterfront

Last Sunday, Oceanswide’s founder and executive director Campbell “Buzz” Scott stopped by Traps 2 Treasure’s Walters Road station where lost, damaged and abandoned wire traps are stripped, crushed and readied every week by volunteers. Steuben’s Rowland’s Recycling disposes of the crushed traps as scrap metal.

T2T, as the nonprofit’s trap recycling program is called, was conceived in 2018. On an outing aboard the Maine Seacoast Mission’s vessel Sunbeam, OceansWide’s dive students saw numerous ghost lobster traps cluttering the sea floor while operating a remotely operated vessel to comb the bottom.

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