In anticipation of New Jersey’s upcoming boating season, the state is reminding those who winterized their boats with shrink wrap to recycle this plastic at 0ne of several drop-off sites.
New Jersey began its shrink wrap recycling program in 2008, and recycled 130 tons of plastic through the participation of nine counties. Two-thirds of that was courtesy of Atlantic and Ocean Counties, which combined for almost 90 tons.
Once shrink wrap is collected, the state then sells it off to be reprocessed into new plastic. Most shrink wrap is made from polyethylene, which is also used to make plastic bags, safety suits and priority mail envelopes.
New Jersey estimates that each year 250 tons of shrink wrap are used to protect boats from winter weather conditions. Protection requires creating a tight seal, so shrink wrap must be ripped off in the spring which prevents reuse.
Boaters have until June 30 to participate in the recycling program. There are several preparation requirements, which are provided along with drop-off locations in an online fact sheet.