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Boat Shrink Wrap Program

Marine shrink wrap is the plastic used by boat owners to protect their vessels over the winter.  Most boats use between 15 and 25 pounds of shrink wrap. This plastic is high quality and 100 percent recyclable, however, the majority of it ends up in the waste stream. As it become more difficult to locate recyclers willing to accept shrink wrap, reducing the use of shrink wrap in favor of canvas covers or reusing shrink wrap from year to year can help keep this plastic from the waste stream.

Woods Hole Sea Grant is the only organization in this region to conduct a shrink wrap recycling program. Our program is held in the spring time. To be alerted to the opportunity to recycle your boat's shrink wrap, please contact us at

» 2019 Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Results


Stephanie Murphy
Woods Hole Sea Grant