Better recycling of boats
Digital product passport can help recycle fibre-reinforced composite materials
In Germany, there are about 480,000 recreational boats, one million canoes, 10,000 motor gliders and gliders, and 8,000 motorised light aircraft that are primarily used for private purposes. At the end of their useful life, however, these items have so far not been properly recycled because established waste management processes are mostly unsuitable and capacities for the necessary individualised processing are lacking. Dirk Messner, President of the German Environment Agency (UBA), points out: "In the field of fibre-reinforced composites, concepts for reprocessing are currently still lacking. Recyclable materials are being lost. With the help of the digital product passport, we can achieve far better recycling of these materials." This is also the conclusion of a new study commissioned by the German Environment Agency (UBA-Text 93/2023).