Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Boaters who are getting their vessels ready for some fun on the water have a program once again enabling them to protect the environment as much as they protect 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 is hosting a collection container for boat shrink-wrap at Lee’s Marina County Park on Lake Hopatcong through June 30.

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

“Up until now, there were very few alternatives to disposing of most of the boat shrink-wrap generated in Morris County except depositing the material 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, is marked for shrink-wrap. Boat as well as marina owners are asked 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 may also take their shrink-wrap to Lee’s Marina County Park for recycling.

Approximately 11 tons of boat shrink-wrap were collected in 2008 and kept out of landfills.

More information about the program may be obtained by calling the MCMUA at 973-285 8394.