2019 – 2021
Clean Ocean Access
Shrink-Wrap Recycling & Life Cycle Analysis Project
The shrink-wrap recycling project aims to position the sailing and marine industry as an environmental leader by creating a consumer and industry-led, self-sustaining circular economy for low-density polyethylene (LDPE) plastic film, and demonstrating the effectiveness of domestic recycling efforts to prevent the plastic film from entering landfills or incinerators.
Clean Ocean Access has developed a framework for regional recycling of LDPE shrink-wrap from the marine industry, construction, and agricultural sectors in Southern New England, including Rhode Island, along with education and outreach to the sailing and marine industry and boating public. The long-term goal of this project is to use the network of plastic recyclers and manufacturers, to divert a larger quantity of plastic film with the potential for a wider range of material composition in the future. Simultaneously, Clean Ocean Access is working with entities across the marine industry to advance more circular designs and reusable covers to reduce the amount of LDPE waste produced by the industry in the region.
About Clean Ocean Access
Clean Ocean Access (COA) is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to “Inspire and educate the community to take action through environmentally responsible behaviors” with a vision of “A Clean, Healthy Ocean that is Accessible for All”. Since 2006 their efforts have removed 180,000 pounds of litter and marine debris from the shorelines of Rhode Island, collected 10,500 water samples to advance water quality improvements, protected and preserved shoreline access at 50 rights of way on Aquidneck Island, and educated over 5,000 students. These programs and outcomes are just a portion of their portfolio of work efforts, all held together by their principal belief that taking good care of each other, and building community, is the best approach to promote stewardship of the environment. For more information, please visit www.cleanoceanaccess.org.