KENNESAW, Georgia – Yamaha Rightwaters’ plastics recycling program recycled more than 10,000 pounds of polyethylene and polypropylene sheet plastics into base materials in 2021, demonstrating a pilot that the Sustainability Initiative aims to expand in 2022 and continues to work with Nexus® from Atlanta, Georgia and Tommy Nobis Enterprises® of Marietta, Georgia, to develop a major national program to reduce plastic waste in America’s waterways.
“Polyethylene and polypropylene make up a significant part of the plastic in our oceans that harms fish populations. This pilot program proves that these plastics can be degraded in a cost-effective manner that Yamaha Rightwaters can potentially replicate on a national level, ”said Martin Peters, Division Manager Government Relations for the Yamaha US Marine Business Unit. “It also shows that Yamaha builder and dealer partners are willing to actively participate in the program, further underscoring the shipping industry’s commitment to environmental protection and sustainability.”
Yamaha has developed a reverse logistics program to return protective covers from select boat builders, retailers and its three boat manufacturing facilities. The plastic film used in the pilot program comes from protective boat covers at Contender Boats, Regulator Marine, Xpress Boats, Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing (YJBM), Skeeter and G3 Boats.
The materials are supplied to Tommy Nobis Enterprises, which separates recyclable plastics from other materials such as plastic zippers, cords and eyelets. Tommy Nobis Enterprises then sends the material – known in the recycling industry as raw material – to Nexus® for processing into raw materials ranging from gases to waxes. These raw materials are used for other products.
Yamaha Rightwaters is a national sustainability program that encompasses all of Yamaha Marine’s efforts to protect and protect water. Program initiatives include habitat restoration, support for scientific research, containment of invasive species, reduction of marine litter, and education in environmental protection. Yamaha Rightwaters underscores Yamaha’s long history of conserving natural resources, supporting sustainable recreational fishing and water resources, and the Angler’s Code of Ethics, which requires professional anglers to abide by the principles of managing all marine resources.
Yamaha’s US Marine Business Unit, based in Kennesaw, Georgia, is responsible for the sale, marketing and distribution of Yamaha marine products in the United States, including Yamaha Outboards, Yamaha WaveRunners, Yamaha Boats, G3 Boats and Skeeter Boats. Supporting 2,400 dealers and boat builders nationwide, Yamaha is the industry leader in reliability, performance, technology and customer service.
Tommy Nobis Center is a Marietta-based non-profit organization that helps people with disabilities enter or return to employment.
Nexus®, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is an end-to-end plastics recycling company – an operational, commercially scalable, continuous system. The nexus® The Atlanta facility is the first US multi-polymer pyrolysis facility to receive ISCC Plus ™ certification. Nexus has developed a highly efficient system that has been built with a low capital cost and without the need for catalytic converters or post-processing and delivers clean, ISCC Plus ™ -compliant results. Nexus® has converted more than 2.5 million pounds of landfilled plastics into virgin resins for clients such as Royal Dutch Shell and Chevron Phillips Chemical. Investors include Cox Enterprises®, a $ 21 billion family business committed to global sustainability. The nexus® Process is efficient, environmentally friendly and includes strict operating and business standards. The company’s operating philosophy is based on the principle that a successful recycling solution must be profitable, technically proven and operated as a robust, independent company and at the same time have a meaningful and positive impact on the environment.
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