Sandusky, OH Thanks to an innovative recycling program sponsored by a southeast Ohio manufacturer and participating marinas in the Lake Erie region, more than one million pounds of plastic marine shrink wrap have been recycled and made into highway guardrail blocks that help make roadways safer and reduce landfill content.
According to partners in the Ohio Clean Marinas Program, more than one million pounds of greenhouse and boat shrink wrap have been collected since 2006 by Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc. of Reno, Ohio, which has produced 150,000 guardrail blocks now protecting over 200 miles of Ohio roadways. The program’s success has led to expanded collection efforts from marinas in New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Maryland and Delaware.
Marina operators and greenhouse facility managers interested in participating in collections may contact the Clean Marinas Program at 419-609-4120. Boaters not associated with one of the 100+ participating marinas may bring their used shrink wrap to any one of these (7) collection points mid-April through mid-June:
- Beaver Park Marina, 6101 W. Erie Ave., Lorain; 3840 N. Summit St., Toledo
- Brenner 75 at Harrison’s Marina, 3840 N. Summit St., Toledo
- Catawba Landing, 2021 NE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton
- Geneva State Park Marina, Padanarum Road, Geneva
- Sandusky Harbor Marina, 1 Huron St., Sandusky
- Spitzer Riverside Marina, 485 California Ave., Lorain
- Venetian Marina, 2035 First St., Sandusky.
“It is vitally important that all nylon strapping and any other materials first be removed from the shrink wrap or it can not be collected and recycled,” said Colleen Wellington, Ohio Clean Marinas Program manager. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions on the proper handling of shrink wrap for collection at the participating collection sites is online at www.ohiocleanmarina.osu.edu
The recycling project is coordinated through leadership of the Ohio Clean Marinas Program and its participating partners, which include the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association and Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
Additional information on the shrink wrap recycling program and the Ohio Clean Marinas Program can be found online at www.ohiocleanmarina.osu.edu and by calling 419-609-4120.