Salvaging Solutions: Vessel Disposal and Recycling

Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADVs) is a monthly online webinar series hosted by the NOAA Marine Debris Program. The goal of the series is to help communities through sharing perspectives from across the country on common abandoned and derelict vessel issues and solutions. Each webinar features experts from federal, state, and local governments, nongovernmental organizations, universities, and industry, who discuss topics about communications, funding, policy, and successes and challenges under blue skies and storm conditions. To learn more and see our full series of webinars, please visit the Salvaging Solutions to Abandoned and Derelict Vessels Webinar Series webpage.

Vessel Disposal and Recycling

This Salvaging Solutions webinar focused on a few methods to dispose of and recycle ADVs along with debris created through the winterization of vessels.


Donna Morrow, Director – Center for Marine and Coastal Stewardship, Chesapeake and Coastal Service Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
Donna has administered the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative for 20 years and, in the past seven years, has branched out into tackling marine debris related issues for the Chesapeake and Coastal Service at Maryland DNR.  The overlap of these two roles has led to her work with boat shrinkwrap reduction and recycling. During this webinar, Donna explained Maryland's shrinkwrap recycling program, which is a partnership between a public agency (DNR) and private sector entities as well as the challenges of dealing with this unique material.

Evan Ridley, Director of Environmental Programs – Rhode Island Marine Trades Association
Evan has focused on the development and growth of several sustainability initiatives in the recreational boating industry. This includes the creation and launch of the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project. His research on this topic is distributed within a growing network of international stakeholders and collaborators. In 2020, he was included in Boating Industry’s “40 Under 40.”  During this webinar, Evan explained how the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling Pilot Project works in an effort to establish alternatives to landfilling for end-of-life fiberglass boats and their materials.