Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Boaters and marina owners will again have a program this year to enable them to protect the environment as much as their own boats.

The Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority and the Morris County Park Commission are partnering for the second year in a row to conduct a free recycling program for boat shrink-wrap.

The Park Commission will host a collection container for boat shrink-wrap at Lee’s Marina County Park on Lake Hopatcong from March 15 to June 30.

Plastic shrink-wrap is a popular and cost-effective material used by marinas and boat owners to protect boats and other marine vessels from harsh winter weather conditions, sunshine and other harmful elements.

“Most of the boat shrink-wrap generated in Morris County has typically been deposited in a landfill,” said Penny Jones, recycling education specialist with the MCMUA. “This recycling program is a far better option.”

The collection container at Lee’s Marina, 443 Howard Boulevard, Mount Arlington, will be marked for shrink-wrap. Boat owners will be able to roll their dry shrink-wrap up on a clean surface, tie it into a bundle using a strip cut from the end of the wrap as a tie, and put it into the recycling container from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day of the collection program.

Owners of boats or watercraft that are stored or docked elsewhere will also be able to take their shrink-wrap to Lee’s Marina County Park for recycling.

“Boaters were very receptive to the recycling program last year,” said Liz Sweedy, MUA recycling specialist. “Approximately 11 tons of boat shrink-wrap were collected in 2008 and kept out of landfills.”

For more information about the program, call the MCMUA at (973) 285-8394.