As a marine trades association, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) seeks to find and implement programs and services that support growth for the recreational boating industry in the state of Rhode Island. RIMTA partners with state agencies, academic institutions and employers to establish solutions to challenges that impact the growth and sustainability of the marine and composites companies we represent.

The 2018 Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Project has been designed to answer critical questions surrounding the lifecycle of recreational boats and sustainable reuse of fiberglass waste. RIMTA is partnering with Rhode Island Sea Grant, Rhode Island Resource Recovery - the state’s sole landfill operator, and Geocycle - a waste resource management subsidiary of the LafargeHolcim Cement Group, to demonstrate how fiberglass waste may be a valuable component of the industrial cement production process. The RIFVR Pilot has built upon fiberglass recyc...
As a marine trades association, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) seeks to find and implement programs and services that support growth for the recreational boating industry in the state of Rhode Island. RIMTA partners with state agencies, academic institutions and employers to establish solutions to challenges that impact the growth and sustainability of the marine and composites companies we represent.

The 2018 Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Project has been designed to answer critical questions surrounding the lifecycle of recreational boats and sustainable reuse of fiberglass waste. RIMTA is partnering with Rhode Island Sea Grant, Rhode Island Resource Recovery - the state’s sole landfill operator, and Geocycle - a waste resource management subsidiary of the LafargeHolcim Cement Group, to demonstrate how fiberglass waste may be a valuable component of the industrial cement production process. The RIFVR Pilot has built upon fiberglass recycling methods recently pioneered in Germany where Geocycle and LafargeHolcim assisted the wind energy sector in developing a sustainable pathway to “co-process” fiberglass waste for its chemical and thermal values in cement production.

End-of-life vessels and the thousands of products constructed with composite and polymer-based materials such as fiberglass offer an opportunity to create new infrastructure for the collection and recycling of high value waste streams. Our initial experiences during the RIFVR Pilot have indicated that in addition to boats, a wide range of similar high value wastes could be separated from standard solid waste disposal and included in a broad blend of material that can achieve the thermal and chemical goals of co-processing. This work will help to increase the efficiency of cement co-processing in the United States while encouraging sustainable solid waste management, circular economics and product lifecycle design.

Our alternatives to landfill for high value waste initiative intends to expand upon the initial findings of the RIFVR Pilot to identify additional complementary materials that could be incorporated into co-processing activity with Geocycle and LafargeHolcim. A tested network model that can guide the recovery of high value waste holds the potential to stimulate business, create employment opportunities and enhance overall sustainability across multiple industries.
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