Do we buy fiberglass?
No. We do not buy fiberglass waste. AFBG acts very much like the landfill. We receive ‘tipping fees’ and transport costs at rates similar to costs associated with typical solid waste disposal.
Amour Fiber Core has developed and is testing structural, industrial, marine and commercial products utilizing recycled fiberglass materials, which can then be manufactured and marketed on an economical basis. Amour Fiber Core combines leading edge technology and fiberglass reclamation to produce a product line manufactured from recycled materials. Our manufacturing process has been granted a United States patent.
In today’s environmentally sensitive world, we have found an alternative to the traditional raw material supply. Cured waste fiberglass amounts to millions of tons of refuse in the continental United States annually. Our commitment to recycling is reducing this waste from our landfills and producing an environmentally friendly alternative to many other products that are manufactured today.
Why is there no value for fiberglass?
Fiberglass costs too much to process to have any residual value as a waste product. Nearly every city in the World has a system in place and a destination that you can drop off a recyclable product. Recycling companies have made machines where you can “feed your aluminum can” in to a slot and receive your money like an ATM.
Fiberglass does not nor is it likely that a machine will ever be built that you can stuff your old boat or a bath tub in and receive money. AFBG get calls every week from people who are concerned about our environment (some see a business opportunity because no one wants an old boat) and want to open a “boat recycling business” once they get all the precious metal aluminum and the hardware, motors etc. they are stuck with the fiberglass of the boat. (see more in our Boat section)
Over the years many studies have been done on fiberglass recycling and for the most part they come to the same conclusion. Fiberglass is too wide spread and shipping the material is expensive. Once it is received, it will need to be “cut up”, “down sized”, contaminates removed (wood- plastic-Screws). And once you do get to the fiberglass, it may be contaminated with wood, steel and other material in the fiberglass.
As you can see, each of these challenges require labor to produce clean fiberglass. High fuel costs to transport linked with high labor rates, leaves the fiberglass at a negative value. AFBG’s mission is to work as close to the cost that the land fill charges to dispose of the waste. However, when we get a piece of fiberglass that has a hundred screws with a piece of material embedded in the fiberglass, we may have to ask the customer for a little extra help to keep fiberglass from the land fill.
What does Amour Do?
The Company has developed, tested and placed into commercial production a leading edge technology for fiberglass reclamation manufacturing. The Company has taken this technology and transformed it into a manufacturing business.
Does Amour’s recycling activities benefit the environment?
YES! Amour recycles fiberglass boats, car truck bodies, vehicle parts, jet ski, shower stalls, tubs, sinks resins and other fiberglass wastes into new high-strength, durable commercial and consumer products.
By utilizing fiberglass wastes and resins waste as the primary components in its manufacturing process, the Company is diverting fiberglass and resins from our landfills and utilizing them in the production of useful products. As the Company manufactures each new product, it is reducing the risk of fiberglass and resins toxins contaminating our water resources and our water based food chain.