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Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

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Your donation helps us recycle more plastic, keeping it out of the landfill.

The 2021 Collection Program has concluded.


In the spring of 2021, Woods Hole Sea Grant partnered with Barnstable County, the towns of Bourne, Eastham, Chatham, Dennis, and Wellfleet, and MacDougalls Boatyard in Falmouth to conduct a free shrink wrap recycling program.  Together we recycled approximately 15 - 20,000 lbs of boat shrink wrap.

The program received hands-on support from a summer student fellow from UMass Amherst, who presented a summary of her internship in August.

» See presentation



Did you know

You can reuse shrink wrap?

Watch this video to see how to remove shrink wrap so it can be reused from year to year

Clean shrink wrap should be bundled like a sleeping bag.
Clean shrink wrap should be bundled like a sleeping bag.

When recycling boat shrink wrap

Please follow these important instructions

  • Remove all rope, strapping, wood frames, doors, zippers, and other non-shrink material.
  • Shrink wrap should be clean and dry.
  • Bundle shrink wrap and tie it using a strip of shrink wrap.
  • For more details, watch this "how-to" video.

Shrink Wrap Removal “Time Saving Tip”

Cut the shrink cover just above the horizontal belly of the boat. All of the string will be instantly separated from the shrink wrap and can be disposed of in the regular trash dumpster.  The clean shrink wrap can then be folded and rolled up into a tight bundle for recycling.

Past Programs


Stephanie Murphy
Woods Hole Sea Grant

Our Partners

We're grateful to our partners for their help in offering this program.



We're grateful to the NOAA Marine Debris Program and the National Sea Grant College Program for their support of this program.