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Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Reaches 2 Million Pounds of Reduced Landfill Waste

12:00 pm, Tue March 26, 2013 –

Sandusky, OH In 2012, the Ohio Shrink Wrap Recycling Program, launched in 2006 by the Ohio Clean Marinas Program and Ohio Sea Grant, collected over 300,000 pounds of shrink wrap from more than 125 participants. 

Thanks to an innovative recycling program launched by Ohio Sea Grant in partnership with Mondo Polymer Technologies, Inc. of Reno, Ohio, more than 2 million pounds of plastic shrink wrap have been recycled since the program’s inception. This discarded shrink wrap has been kept out of Ohio landfills and turned into nearly 300,000 highway guardrail blocks. These blocks, manufactured by Mondo Polymer Technologies, help to improve the safety of over 350 miles of Ohio roadways.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program and its partners again encourage boaters, marina operators and greenhouse facility operators to recycle their plastic shrink wrap this season by taking it to a collection site and keeping it out of local landfills. The following Lake Erie marinas are serving as shrink wrap collection sites May 15 through June 15.

2013 Collection Sites

Beaver Park Marina, 6101 W. Erie Ave., Lorain

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

Information on additional collection sites and program participation is available by calling the Ohio Clean Marinas Program office at 419-609-4120 during normal business hours Monday-Friday.

Step-by-step, illustrated instructions on the proper handling of shrink wrap for collection at the participating collection sites is available online at ohiocleanmarina.osu.edu.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program is a proactive partnership among the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, and other public and private sector partners that are connected to Ohio’s recreational boating industry.

Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant Program is part of NOAA Sea Grant, a network of 32 Sea Grant programs dedicated to the protection and sustainable use of marine and Great Lakes resources. For more information, visit ohioseagrant.osu.edu.

Contact

Sarah Orlando, Ohio Clean Marinas Program, 419.609.4120, orlando.42@osu.edu

ARTICLE TITLE: Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Reaches 2 Million Pounds of Reduced Landfill Waste PUBLISHED: 12:00 pm, Tue March 26, 2013 | MODIFIED: 1:12 pm, Tue April 28, 2015
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Christina Dierkes
Outreach Specialist, Technical Editor, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

As Ohio Sea Grant’s science writer, Christina covers research, education and outreach projects in the Great Lakes for a wide range of audiences. She also helps manage online events like the Global Change, Local Impact climate webinar series.