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Disposal of plastic end-of-life-boats

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Of Europe’s approximately 6 million boats almost half are found inthe Nordic countries. In spite of the long durability of plastic boats,the problem of End of Life Boats (ELB) now starts to arise. However,the responsibilities are unclear and there is no regulation on howthe dismantling and disposal is to be conducted. Investigations havebeen going on in the various Nordic countries on how to performscrapping of plastic boats, but there is yet no consensus on how tohandle the problem. The aim of this study was to provide information on statistics onboats in the Nordic countries and relate to the future need forscrapping plastic boats (ELB). More specific, the project dealt withthe magnitude of dumping of boats, contents of contaminants inELBs as well as possibilities for reuse and recycling of materials. Part of the project was to organize a Nordic Workshop with essentialstakeholders and their views on ELB is compiled in this report. The project provides a good background to the problem of disposingof boats and highlights the various issues that must be addressed. Since the scrapping of boats is a future waste problem which needto be solved, this project is relevant to many different stakeholdersfrom boaters, boat organizations, shipyards, waste companies andgovernment institutions at various levels.

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Examples of initiatives on ELB in the Nordic countries today

In the summer of 2005, between the beginning of June and the end of August, Finnboat and Kuusakoski launched a campaign promoting ELB recycling. The campaign was implemented in the Turku Archipelago area and southwest Finland where the density of summer cottages and boats is high.

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