The Sustainable Materials Management Scheme

Ribquest is going green, and to support us on this journey we have partnered with a leading global recycling company with access to 150 plants worldwide


At Ribquest each and every one of our boats are designed and built with not only durability, performance and quality in mind but, from 2019 onwards, sustainability.

As an environmentally conscious company we realise that it is our duty to not only build quality boats but to also offer customers an end of life service that allows them to dispose of their boat responsibly and sustainable when that time comes.

This means that when a customer decides it’s time to upgrade and retire their old boat not a single component will be going to landfill. Everything from the oil in the engine to the hull and tubes will be reused or recycled. We are firm believers in the mantra: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

How Does It Work?

It’s all rather simple! When the sad day comes that your RIB has reached end of life simply hand it over to the team at Ribquest.

The RIB will then be taken to our dedicated decommissioning unit where it will be broken down into its constituent parts and the materials and components sorted ready for the next stage of their life. You will be issued with a certificate to confirm your participation in the ‘The Sustainable Materials Management Scheme ’ scheme.

Materials and parts will then either be donated to charity, reused and reconditioned or taken to the recycling plant where the future will take on a whole new shape! Don’t let your old RIB have a negative impact on the natural environment. Have peace of mind that you have done your bit to protect our beautiful land and seas.

Click on a section of the boat to see the details
Tubes & Wear Patches Upholster & Seat Cushions Hull & Seating Electronic Equipment, Batteries & Wiring Console & Seat Bases Fuel Tank Upholstery & Seat Cushions Engine, Engine Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Anti-freeze A Frame, Rail, Cleats, Fuel Cap & Breather

Tubes & wear patches

  • Hypalon
  • Also known as Synthetic rubber and CSPE
  • Until recently the technology and infrastructure to deal with rubber waste did not exist. Fortunately years of research have culminated in effective tyre recycling programs
  • Blended with other types of rubbers and is repurposed to make items such as work gloves and electronic device sleeves
  • Baled, shredded and added as fuel to cement kilns


  • Polymers such as vinyl, polyvinyl chloride and PVC
  • Ground into small pieces that can be easily processed into new PVC compounds, ready to be melted and formed into new products.
  • Used to make anything from garden furniture to garage floor coverings.

Seat Cushions

  • Polyurethane or poly foam
  • There a number of methods to recycle poly foam:
    1. Mechanical recycling - separating the foam from the cover and then it is recycled into rebounded foam and used for applications such as flooring, sound and vibration dampening and carpet underlays.
    2. Energy recovery - polyurethane is produced mostly from products derived from crude oil and therefore are popular with waste to energy plants. It has a recoverable energy value comparable to that of coal!
    3. Polyurethane can also be processed to harvest the hydrocarbons in the plastic, which in turn can be used to produce new raw materials.

Hull & Seating

  • Wood is such a valuable commodity which is often overlooked in the recycling world.
  • The wood is cleaned, chipped and used in a variety of ways like chip boards (MDF) or land coverings.
  • Reclaimed wood can also be used to make anything from chopping boards in the kitchen to art projects in schools. The wood is collected, stripped and cut to size.

Hull, Console & Seat Bases

  • Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic (GRP)
  • Due to advances in technology GRP is now widely recycled
  • The best end of life route is to co-process with other waste derived fuels in cement kilns where the glass fibre is recycled into the cement while the polymer provides energy
  • Shredding into small pieces and then ground into a powder which can be remixed with resins for thermoforming moulds and for the production of manhole covers, tables etc
  • Compo Cycle - a process to convert fibreglas waste into raw material for cement manufacturing

Electronic Equipment

  • All the electronic equipment on the retired RIB can be used in another vessel. The ship to shore radio and satellite navigation units are removed and can be donated to various charities
  • The light bulbs are either used in another vessel or recycled. They are broken up into smaller pieces removing the glass, elemental mercury, metal and plastic. The mercury and glass are used to make new bulbs and the plastic and metal is used as described above


  • If the battery is still in a good condition it is preferable to reuse it in another vessel. If however the battery is dead, it is broken up and separated into it's different components
  • Plastic - see PVC
  • Lead grids and paste - Lead is treated, smelted and remoulded for the use of other products like new batteries
  • Acid - Screened, treated and reused in construction materials such as gypsum
  • Sulphur paste - Treated and reused to produce new batteries


  • Copper wire is treated in very similar fashion to aluminium.
  • The wire first has to be stripped of the PVC insulation (see PVC), baled, shredded and melted
  • Cast into moulds for anything from taps to bar stools

Fuel Tank

  • Scrap aluminium requires only 5% of the energy used to make new aluminium from raw ore
  • Compressed into bales, shredded, de-coated, melted and then cast into new roles or sheets
  • Manufacturing of drink cans, food packaging etc


  • The engine can either be reconditioned and reused in another vessel or dismantled for spare parts

Engine Oil, Hydraulic Oil, Antifreeze

  • The fluids from the engine are hazardous and should be treated as such. Specialist recycling centres treat each fluid differently
  • The good thing about motor oil is that it never loses its lubrication properties, so it can be recycled indefinitely
  • Motor oil can be combusted as fuel and used in equipment like plant boilers or even space heaters
  • Engine and hydraulic oil is treated and used in new oil products
  • Anti-freeze is recycled by a process called reverse osmosis. The process separates the ethylene glycol from the oil and this is used to make new anti-freeze

A-Frame, Rails, Cleats, Fuel Cap & Breather

  • Stainless steel products are incredibly durable and have been designed to have a long lifespan. They are therefore mostly reused in one form or another. There are however times when corrosion, failure or general redundancy make the product destined for the smelting pot.
  • Chromium, nickel and molybdenum are harvested and used in the production of new stainless steel products like kitchen sinks and engine blocks.
  • The remaining elements, like copper and iron, are melted down and reused.