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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program. AGENDA Shrink wrap overview The Problem The Team The Challenge The Recycling Program Pilot and First Year Success Factors Next Steps. RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program. Shrink Wrap and Clear Polyethylene

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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

AGENDA

Shrink wrap overview

The Problem

The Team

The Challenge

The Recycling Program

Pilot and First Year

Success Factors

Next Steps


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

Shrink Wrap and Clear Polyethylene

One of the most common ways to protect boats during winter storage season.

90% of the material is white and 10% is blue

Can only be used once; hence the problem of disposal

Usually installed by the boatyard or an independent contractor

In the state of RI, it is estimated that there is over 100 Tons of shrink wrap used annually

Further, clear polyethylene is also equally as prevalent in boatyards and marinas

The bulk of this material was being taken away as solid waste


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The Problem

How to dispose of it in the spring, commonly called “unwrapping season” (April 15 – June15th)

Large boatyards can have as many as 400 hundred boats that are stored and wrapped

The material is bulky and difficult to compact

The primary disposal option was to fill dumpsters

Very costly

Very wasteful

One company, “Dr. Shrink” had a recycling program that relied on UPS, but it was limited in its effectiveness


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The Team Approach – Critical for Success

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation

Represents the state and is responsible for the landfill and recycling efforts

Their issue was prolonging life of landfill and initiating a recycling effort for this material. They were the catalyst

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association

Represents the industry including marinas, boatyards, boat builders and other vendors

Institutional Recycling Network

Specializes in the business of recycling with strong emphasis on seeking markets and helping with logistics


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The Challenge

A successful program needed certain elements:

Ability to have material removed promptly (I.e. weekly)

Simple to implement

What was “clean”

How to package it

How to store it

Educational brochures and signage…a big help

Cost effective for both boat owner and the boatyard

A commercially viable secondary market for the material so that recycling company was motivated to collect and re-sell

LOGISTICS / LOGISTICS / LOGISTICS


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The Program Details

Participating boatyards buy a supply of large poly bags @ $10.00 each, which is paid to IRN

When boats are unwrapped, zippers and straps are removed from the material, the material is then rolled up tightly and packed into the poly bags

The bags of material are then stored, preferably under cover, in a designated area on site

A compacter truck comes by on a regular route to collect the bags and transport to the recycling company

The $10.00 fee for the bag should cover the cost of collection

The recycler takes 100% of the value of the reclaimed material


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The Pilot Program

During the Spring of 2005, we initiated a Pilot Program with a selected group of yards:

Different geographies within the state

Different size yards (big and small)

We wanted to watch the program carefully to understand the issues and limitations, concerns and areas of improvement:

The right size poly bag

The method for cleaning and packaging the material

The frequency of pick ups required

The reaction from customers (which ultimately pay for the bag and labor)


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The Pilot Program

15 Participating boatyards

Managed the program weekly throughout the unwrapping season

Communication

Tracking of each pick up

Getting a sense of the seasonality

Listening for problems

Collected 20 tons of material during the pilot program


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

The First Full Year

Based on success of pilot program, we ramped up our efforts to enlist as many participants as possible in the program for spring 2006

We ended up with 40 participating boatyards and marinas for 2006

We collected 45 tons of material


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

Issues

Material must be picked up in a timely fashion

Yards do not have room to stockpile

Material should not be out in rain

Important to remove containments

Zippers, straps, vents

Smaller yards off the beaten path were missed

Need to figure out satellite collection to keep logistics cost effective

Managing the “DIY’s” who unwrap own boat

Some push back from boat owners, but most were supportive


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RIMTA Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

Next Steps

Increase participation by RI marinas and boatyards

We have 133 listed marina / boatyards in state

Target 50% or 68 for next season

Increase the promotional literature

Educate marinas on the economics of shipping air / tipping fees vs. recycling

Look at clear poly volumes

Year round issue

Do the economics work

Other waste streams

Anti freeze containers (by the thousands)


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