What is F360?
FiiZK 360 is our concept and system for recycling plastic with a focus on sustainability and the environment. We document the entire life cycle of the materials we use in our products. This includes import, production, downstream with reuse and recycling, as well as transportation. We want to provide a realistic picture of how we can contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and CO2 emissions by using local supply chains and an increased level of recycling.
The solution also helps to raise awareness about the importance of circular economy by pledging material that is reused in our own production. Therefore, the choice of material is a very important factor to consider in production to ensure that the product can be recycled rather than be discarded. We are also committed to providing materials that allow the lifespan of a product to be maximized under the specific external conditions.
The F360 process
FiiZK R&D works continuously on product design with a focus on optimal recycling. We look at new sustainable materials and if they can be used at sea whilst ensuring robustness and high abrasion resistance in tough conditions and that they must have the potential for material recycling. Our policy is to minimize the volume of unprocessed waste and therefore, we aim to reuse our “raw” materials by decomposition and granulation to produce new products from the old ones! We want to make the use of landfill and incineration a thing of the past.
Sustainability is a very important topic, globally and at FiiZK. After we joined with NWP in January 2021, we have set up a further environmental station and now have facilities in both Trondheim and Bergen. This means even greater capacity to receive, wash, service or decompose lice skirts.
F360 forms the basis of our focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and helps to contribute to targets set in goals 12, 13 and 14.
Our solution makes the return of old lice skirts efficient and sustainable with the main goals:
- Increase the degree of reuse according to UN environmental requirements.
- Recycling in the form of decomposition and granulation – not incineration and landfill.
- Reduction of greenhouse gas CO2.
- Norwegian recycling policy is to not export untreated waste.
Procedure for submitting lice skirts
Customer contacts FiiZK and arranges return collection.
Quantities are stated and loaded into bags.
Lice skirts are packed in bags that are marked with number and ID.
Maximum weight per bag is 3.5 tonnes.
Lice skirts must be washed before packing and return.
FiiZK car / boat picks up skirts and delivers to one of FiiZK’s environmental stations.
Skirts are decomposed and weighed at FiiZK environmental station.
Material for reuse is separated and the deposit return value is documented.
Plastic fractions that are not reused go on to mechanical recycling / granulation.
Environmental accounts are issued by FiiZK.
A few words about our Environment Service Stations
Service station in Bergen
At our service station in Bergen, we carry out washing, disinfection, repairs and recycling of technical textiles. The service station is set up with a fixed washing line for lice skirts. The skirts are washed with high pressure water and not with a drum. This means that the skirts are treated with care so that no damage occurs during washing. In the same process, disinfection of the skirts is also performed before the skirts are repaired as required. The service station also has a repair line where repairs are carried out on all technical textiles such as lice skirts, roof hats, tents, water pools etc.
We also accept lice skirts that need to be discarded where we collect them and wash them before we send them on to our reception in Trondheim. Skirts are decomposed and materials for reuse are separated and the deposit return value is documented. Plastic fractions that are not reused go on to mechanical recycling / granulation and an environmental account is issued by FiiZK.
Environment station in Trondheim
In 2018, we started receiving discarded lice skirts and have since dedicated a larger part of the factory to a specially designed decomposition line for lice skirts.
In Trondheim, skirts are divided into fractions and sent for reuse at their own factory on Valsneset, where soldering, rings and slings become part of new products. Everything that is sent on for reuse is disinfected.