Program Recycles Winter Boat Shrink Wrap

recyclingBOURNE – A recycling program for used boat shrink wrap is underway at the Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility and in Woods Hole.

The program, according to Woods Hole Sea Grant Program Community Outreach Specialist Jeffrey Brodeur, was designed to keep the white plastic out of the trash.

“We want to provide that option for people who want to do the right thing and recycle the shrink wrap,” Brodeur said.

The plastic, number four low-density polyethylene, is attached to boats in shipyards using a vacuum to protect the craft from winter elements.

Brodeur asked that anyone with used shrink wrap bring the material pre-compressed and bundled—using a stray piece of the plastic to tie it together—to the Bourne facility or to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s 30-yard container.

“We tell people to roll it up like you would a sleeping bag,” he said.

Brodeur said that as soon as he stops receiving calls from people interested in the program, he will close the program until next year. He can be reached at 508-289-2665.
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