Joint effort aims to recycle shrink-wrap

Drop-off sites offered to boat, marina owners

April 03, 2000|By Kimberly Marselas | Kimberly Marselas,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Several area groups are joining in an effort to make sure that shrink-wrap used to protect boats from the winter elements does not end up damaging the environment as owners of the vessels prepare to set sail this spring.

For the second year, county boaters and marina owners will be able to recycle the shrink-wrap at three collection stations. They will be available today through May 26 at the Pasadena Boatel, Port Annapolis Marina and Herrington Harbor North.

Although the recycling bins are at marinas, boat owners can take shrink-wrap to the drop-off sites.

Organizers estimate that 40 tons of shrink-wrap is used to winterize boats around the county each year. A typical 35-foot boat requires 60 pounds of the low-density plastic to keep out moisture and prevent freezing.

Before the recycling program began last year, the shrink-wrap ended up in landfills. It will be recycled into garden edging or plastic lumber.

With a grant from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, the program is run by the Anne Arundel Marine Trades Association, the county Department of Public Works waste management services, Giant Food and Manner Resins.

Last year, more than 10,000 pounds of shrink-wrap was collected during the drive. Organizers have added an additional week to the collection period and hope to double the amount recycled.

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