Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Under Way

If you wrap your boat you should read this...
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What happens to all the plastic shrink wrap that is removed from boats after their winter storage? Too often it ends up in the landfill.

To reduce the amount of plastic waste entering our environment, the Woods Hole Sea Grant program, in collaboration with the Cape Cod Cooperative Extension, AmeriCorps, and Covanta, is conducting a free shrink wrap recycling program across Cape Cod through June
30, while space lasts.

“Plastic is accumulating in our oceans at an alarming rate, where it may persist for hundreds of years,” said Sea Grant Director Matt Charette, a senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. “By recycling, we can keep it out of the marine environment and it can be re-used in a variety of products, like decking material and outdoor furniture, a real win-win proposition.”

The towns of Bourne, Dennis and Eastham are hosting the program’s recycling containers at their transfer stations, where, at specified dates and times, clean, bundled shrink wrap may be dropped. Instructions on how shrink wrap must be prepared for drop-off can be found on the Woods Hole Sea Grant web site (


Bourne Integrated Solid Waste Management Facility
Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - noon
Route 28
201 MacArthur Bvd.
Bourne, MA 02532

Dennis Transfer Station
Sundays, 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. - starting April 28.

100 Theophilus F Smith Road
Dennis, MA 02660

Eastham Transfer Station
Thursdays, noon - 3 p.m.

555 Old Orchard Road
Eastham, MA 02642

The program, which can accommodate shrink wrap from Cape Cod residents and Cape-based boats, will run through June 30, while space lasts. “Dump stickers” are not required to access the shrink wrap recycling containers. Visit the Woods Hole Sea Grant web site for
more information: 

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