We find these old FG boats discarded all over; on abandoned roads, in parks, and even tangled up in mangrove stands. I too was disgusted in seeing these and wondered why they just don't bring it to a landfill site sawed to pieces in a dumpster.
The reason is that they are prevented by high costs of disposal, that the dump site operator reasons that they are now a waste hazard. It is a prejudice with a money
making scheme as a motive, and your elected government
has turned it's back on what's happening. Recall
at a time in the 70's 80's when asbestos was suddenly watched for has a health
hazard, and all governments were keenly writing regulations
on waste management, these same Polyester boats were being assembly line built. If the fear was so great, someone must have queried, "So how are the owners going to get rid of these boats once their use is over?" It would have been a no-brainer to come up with the answer "Add a disposal fee to the price
....now". The reader has the right answer, "because they would have never been able to sell their new boats." Who cares about bio waste when they we can make a killing.
So now we understand. There will be no open arms accepting "Teddy" after giving you all these happy voyages. If it's inevitable end was due to hubby who just passed, his widow had better be ready to fork over some of that inheritance at who knows what amount to our "dump site banker".
So folks it's time to make our concerns expressed now. We need standards entrenched BEFORE the gougers see another opportunity for a Ponzi. There should exist now an up front rule
of calculation that can be made no matter where in the world you live. I'm all for the chopping up in pieces and dumpster route
. For rates we can even extrapolate from known worst bio wastes. The worst being nuclear and asbestos, the latter is being accepted at some dumps now at 90$ a tonne. So FG prices should cost boat
disposal(minus the ballast cut out and buried) less than this.
So I'm interested in what you think on this matter. FWIW, I think nothing wrong with towing these to deep trenches like the Marianas and scuttling, and no, they don't release toxins.
I'll talk more about this issue next.