BOAT DISPOSAL & RECYCLING
The Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project began collaboration with cement industry partners in 2016 to determine the feasibility of co-processing “end-of-life” fiberglass boat material. These efforts achieved a major milestone in April 2019 when fiberglass boat hull recyclate material was first collected, processed and shipped by the RIFVR network to a kiln in South Carolina for utilization. Small, incremental deliveries have occurred since the initial verification with the support of industry sponsors. This project marks the first such cement kiln co-processing of boat-based fiberglass recyclate in North America. The results from this proof-of-concept effort have successfully demonstrated new opportunities to establish and incentivize future boat hull material recycling, by verifying the applicability of fiberglass boat recyclate material as a valuable alternative input for industrial cement manufacturers. The recyclate offers both thermal and material value that replaces elements such as silica and alumina and reduces emissions that contribute to climate change with no negative impact on the finished product.
Salvage Marine supports the RIFVR project and its network of collaborators as a critical material collection partner. For more information, please contact RIMTA or review the boat inquiry form below.