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Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program 2024


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

The 2024 Collection Program

Facilities ONLY accept clean shrink wrap
April 1 - June 30

WHOI Sea Grant has partnered with Barnstable County, and five towns across the Cape to collect and recycle boat shrink wrap.

Cape residents: Bring your clean, rolled shrink wrap to the transfer station in Bourne, Chatham, Eastham, Falmouth, or Wellfleet April 1 through June 30.  Thanks to the generosity of the participating towns and partners, there is no charge for this program.

Locations and hours

Bourne Int. Solid Waste Management Facility
Mon.-Fri., 7 am - 3 pm;
Sat., 7 am - noon
Route 28
201 MacArthur Bvd.
Bourne, MA 02532

Chatham Transfer Station
Thurs.-Tues., 8 am - 4 pm
97 Sam Ryder Road
Chatham, MA 02633

Eastham Transfer Station
Sat.-Wed., 7:30 am - 3:30 pm
555 Old Orchard Road
Eastham, MA 02642


Falmouth Waste Management Facility
Tues.-Sat., 8 am - 2:30 pm
458 Thomas B Landers Rd
East Falmouth, MA 02536

Wellfleet Transfer/Recycling Center
Fri.–Tues., 8 am – 3:30 pm
370 Coles Neck Road
Wellfleet, MA 02667

CLEAN WRAP ONLY: The wrap must be free of all non-shrink wrap material, including the plastic straps used to cinch the wrap to the belly of the boat. The best way to remove shrink wrap is to cut the wrap above the strap around the belly of the boat, so the straps fall away, leaving only shrink wrap. Watch our video to see how it works.  Contaminated material will not be accepted.

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 our "how-to" video.

Video: 2023 Collection Results

Past Programs


Stephanie Murphy
WHOI 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.


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