Boat Wrap Recycling Project Expands To Hudson River
Westchester County’s program to “rescue” tons of non-biodegradable plastic that protected Sound Shore boats through the winter and would normally get thrown away come spring is back – and bigger and better than ever.
Not only were 21 tons of the thick plastic collected last year instead of tossed as garbage, but hundreds more boats along the Hudson River will also get their discarded wraps recycled this year. With the success of the pilot project, the county Department of Environmental Facility (DEF) has expanded the program from 16 marinas and boat storage facilities along the Long Island Sound to an additional 18 marinas on the Hudson River.
The Long Island Sound boat facilities, which have already turned in two tons of the shrink wrap since last week, can bring it to one of three designated collection points on the east side of the county: the city of New Rochelle marina, the city of Rye boat basin or Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. Those on the Hudson River will be able to do the same, dropping them into recycling containers located at two new sites starting Monday (April 13): George’s Island Park in Montrose and Croton Point Park in Croton-on-the-Hudson.
DEF will pick up the material and deliver it to the Material Recovery Facility in Yonkers. The product can then be sold to recyclers for about $240 a ton to be manufactured into other materials.
An average boat can use as much as 14 pounds of wrap (low-density polyethylene or LDPE). The six-week program with the expanded service areas is expected to collect up to 30 tons of plastic that would otherwise go into the waste stream as trash.