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Shrink wrap recycling

In 2012, the Ohio Shrink Wrap Recycling Program 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 2006. This discarded shrink wrap has been kept out of Ohio landfills and recycled into the manufacture of nearly 300,000 highway guardrail blocks by Mondo Polymer Technologies that help make over 350 miles of Ohio roadways safer and reduce landfill content.

The Ohio Clean Marinas Program and its partners 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. Catawba Landing Marina, 2021 NE Catawba Rd., Port Clinton, is one of the collection sites May 15 through June 15. 

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 www.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.

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