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Letter to The Editor

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As a follow-up to our story in last month’s “Blue Water, Green Boat,” Stefanie Scherner of Operation SPLASH wants to inform our readers about the organization’s partnership with Hempstead Town to collect shrink wrap for recycling. Per Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray:  “Shrink wrap protects boats from the effects of harsh winter weather, but it presents a waste disposal problem, clogging landfills with non-biodegradable material. Hempstead Town’s recycling program will allow boat owners to protect their vessels from snow, ice, water and debris while also protecting the environment.”

Rob Weltner, President of Operation SPLASH, says: “SPLASH has been removing non-biodegradable shrink wrap from local waterways for years.” Since there are over 15,000 boaters in the Town of Hempstead, the recycling program is expected to collect hundreds of tons of plastic that would otherwise be discarded and enter into the waste stream.

A container to collect the shrink wrap is located at the Sanitation Department facility at 1600 Merrick Road,  Merrick. Commercial marinas and residential boat owners may deposit clean shrink wrap (free of all lumber, rope, nails and garbage) between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM Monday through Friday.


Huntington is also helping boaters recycle shrink wrap, per Councilman Mark Cuthbertson: “We will have a special bin on site for boaters to dispose of their shrink wrap…the material can be dropped off at our Recycling Center at 641 New York Avenue through Memorial Day weekend. The Department of Waste Management is working with a local company to recycle this material,” stated Cuthbertson. “This will help keep tons of this material out of our Resource Recovery Facility.”  For additional information, call the Department of Waste Management at 351-3186.


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