The 2018 Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Project is designed to answer critical questions surrounding the lifecycle of recreational boats and sustainable disposal of fiberglass waste. The purpose of the pilot is to develop a model that will demonstrate new and environmentally sound methods for disposal of vessels that reach the end of their useful lives. This will be an important initiative for the future of sustainable boating. We aim to provide a universal solution for a serious challenge currently facing boat owners, state governments and the national marine trades industry.
For the last two years the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) and the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program have worked to develop a strategic pathway for the sustainable disposal of end-of-life fiberglass vessels. Thanks to a collaboration with Geocycle, a waste resource management subsidiary of the Lafarge Holcim Cement Group, fiberglass waste may now potentially be a valuable component of industrial processes. The RIFVR Pilot Project will look to build on fiberglass recycling methods established over the past ten years by Lafarge Holcim and Geocycle in assisting the German wind energy sector with the sustainable re-use of retired turbine blades.