Reducing shrink-wrap's impact

40ft Sail Boat

Short of having a custom cover built for your boat, shrink wrapping is the best way to protect a boat from the snow and ice of winter. But in the spring after the shrink wrap comes off, you're faced with a pile of nonbiodregradeable plastic that will likely sit in a landfill forever. If your boat is located in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin or selected locations in New York state, you can participate in Dr. Shrink's 2014 Recycling Run. For the fifth year, the company is working with Bay Area Recycling to pick up and recycle used shrink wrap. This year all pickups will be conducted in July.

All Recycling Run participants must buy the EZ Fill Bags from Dr. Shrink for $5 and fill them with shrink wrap only, no strapping, buckles, vents or other contaminants. A video showing how to properly prepare the bags is available on the Recycling Run website. The drop-off locations and more info is also available on the Recycling Run website.

By Ocean Navigator