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World Sailing pilots Equipment Recycling Hub at Allianz Sailing World Championships

July 30 2023 - News Release News Editorial

World Sailing and World Sailing Trust are collaborating to set up an Equipment Recycling Hub for common but difficult to recycle sailing equipment at the 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships. Following these Championships, the collected items will be showcased at METSTRADE to bring the issues around the recyclability of sailing equipment to the attention of the wider marine industry.

World Sailing pilots Equipment Recycling Hub at Allianz Sailing World Championships

The Hub will be a test case for larger future events and is based on the work being carried out by the Carbon Fibre Circular Alliance, which is managed by the World Sailing Trust and includes four leading international federations, including World Sailing.

Five large recycling containers will be placed in the busy South Beach Boat Park in Scheveningen. Competitors at the Olympic Classes event will be able to bring their end-of-life carbon fibre, glass fibre, blocks and other fittings, rope and clothing at the EC Hub for onward recycling.

© Sailing Energy

© Sailing Energy

The aim will also be to collect data to understand the needs of the Olympic Classes community.

“The Equipment Recycling Hub is another step forward in World Sailing’s ongoing commitment to make our sport more sustainable, as outlined in the Sustainability Agenda 2030. The Hub will aim to demonstrate best practice and grow awareness and responsibility amongst teams, athletes, officials and other stakeholders, , as well as wider networks, to ultimately adopt a more sustainable approach to end-of-life equipment. As outlined in the Agenda 2030, we will require that Olympic Class manufacturers’ non-reusable or nonrecyclable boat building waste does not exceed 20% of the boat hull’s finished weight by 2030. The Equipment Circular Hub initiative will help to highlight where there are issues and help us to further focus our approach going forward.” Alexandra Rickham, World Sailing Head of Sustainability
“By using the Athlete Voice and supporting the recommendations from World Sailing’s Agenda 2030, we hope collectively, to be able to push manufacturers to reduce direct environmental impacts during their manufacturing processes and better integrate sustainable technologies. There is a demand from athletes of manufacturers and the wider industry for better sustainable practice including the support for increased recyclability of equipment. Jo Aleh, Chair of the World Sailing Athletes Committee, World Sailing Board member and a competitor at the World Championship event

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