Cruise lines turn back the tide on waste to landfill

The cruise ship industry has created waves with a new sustainability drive opting for refurbishment over landfill.

UK-based repair specialist Plastic Surgeon whose ethos is "repairing rather than replacing" has secured several maintenance contracts for major cruise lines.

Plastic Surgeon's finishers, who repair damage to materials including plastic and GRP, woods and veneers and stone and brick, will work on board cruise liners sailing to destinations such as the Mediterranean and the West Indies.

The company, who would not reveal the names of the cruise line clients, told edie: "Our repairs are very environmentally friendly. By repairing rather than replacing, we save the damaged items from having to be ripped out and sent to landfill."

It claims that its processes are economically efficient, saving £3 for every £1. In 2011 the company carried out 83,529 repairs saving 2,253 tonnes of waste from going to landfill.

Plastic Surgeon hopes to add to its sustainability with this new business but in practice, it is not all plain sailing.

Plastic Surgeon's managing director, Rob Mouser explained: "The finishers set off with the equivalent of the stock from two of our vans and therefore have all the materials and equipment required to carry out any repair they come up against: It is a new challenge for us, logistically, but one we are equal to."

Conor McGlone


| refurbishment


Waste & resource management

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