Waste and recycling

Supporting detail:

UK ship recycling strategy

The UK Ship Recycling Strategy sets out:

  • our policy for recycling government-owned vessels
  • relevant waste controls
  • recommendations for owners and operators of UK-registered vessels

It also informs the UK position on international work.

Alongside the strategy, we published guidance for ship owners and ship recyclers on the regulations for ship recycling in the UK.

The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships

The Hong Kong Convention was adopted at an International Maritime Organization (IMO) diplomatic conference in 2009.

The Hong Kong Convention aims to:

  • make sure that end-of-life ships do not pose any unnecessary risks to human health, safety and the environment
  • deal with all issues around ship recycling in design, construction, operation and recycling

It will come into force once ratified (or signed without reservation as to ratification) by a sufficient number of countries. The IMO is developing guidance to support the convention.

EU strategy for better ship dismantling

A proposal for a regulation on ship recycling, which will implement the Hong Kong Convention, is being discussed by the European Council and European Parliament.


For more information, see background on the development of the UK ship recycling strategy on the National Archives.