Workshop: the opportunities for recycling of composites in mixed waste streams from yachts and boats

Large volumes of composite material will soon be released without established processing routes. While a range of technologies for recycling are available, they are not yet embedded in a profitable value chain. The CompositeLoop project identifies business opportunities, informs about the current bottlenecks and proposes solutions for recycling of large composite parts in the context of the whole value chain.  

In a first workshop in September 2018, an orientation on the issue was done with 45 people from different organisations and speakers from Neowa, Demacq and Sarens. It was observed there is a need for clarification of responsibilities for waste, decommissioning standardization, organization of the waste stream over the whole value chain, matching of waste volumes to production volumes and quality guarantee with a limited downcycling of material properties.

A second workshop will be held to translate gained insights from the wind industry to the specific waste stream of yachts and boats. It will be an interactive work session where you can  share your experience and expectations for recycling of yachts and boats. Join our project consortium (Sirris, Agoria, Go4Circle), de Blauwe cluster, Jachthaven Nieuwpoort, Simonis Reprocover and Stichting Yacht Recycling to:

•            explore further the state-of-the-art processing techniques for composite recycling of large GFRP structures

•            discuss the dismantling process for boats/yachts and the composites recycling process

•             get an introduction into the opportunities of this challenging and rapidly growing market 

Price for the workshop: Free

Registration on or through e-mail (

Venue: Sirris, Technologiepark Zwijnaarde

Time: January 17th, 14h-17h