Boats made from fiberglass are resilient, but, “Their best is their worst property” says Wendy Mackie, CEO of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA). The material’s durability makes it an ecological disaster. How do you safely dispose of a hull past its prime?
Since 2016, RIMTA has led research efforts to find a way to recycle used fiberglass for cement kiln co-processing. This research has been the basis for America’s first boat recycling pilot project, inspired by a German program that recycles fiberglass wind turbine blades to replace new materials in cement processing—new materials that require mining and oil drilling. RIMTA explains their program in this video.