Ohio Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program Continues to Thrive

12:00 pm, Wed July 10, 2024 – So far in 2024, nearly 50,000 pounds of boat shrink wrap has been collected through the Ohio Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program

COLUMBUS, OHIO The Ohio Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program is continuing its mission of collecting plastic before it reaches a landfill by helping secure two new grants for its partners. So far in 2024, nearly 50,000 pounds of boat shrink wrap has been collected. That’s in addition to the more than 2.3 million pounds recovered since the program started in 2006, a collaboration created by the Ohio Clean Marinas Program. Shrink wrapping boats is a way to protect them during the wintertime and wrapping a 25-foot boat is equivalent to 2,062 plastic shopping bags.

“The Ohio Boat Shrink Wrap Recycling Program is key to protecting our environment,” said ODNR Division of Parks & Watercraft Chief Glenn Cobb. “Grants from the Ottawa Sandusky Seneca Solid Waste Management District and the Ohio EPA help this program grow and improve. These funds boost our program partners’ recycling efforts, encourage boaters to recycle, and help preserve our waterways and natural resources for the future.”
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Newsletter: May 27, 2024

I would like to first recognize and thank all our military both past and present

I would also like to introduce our newest employee Carley Nickoli.

Carley started with us at the beginning of April and has been doing a wonderful job. Carley has been taking over the boat shrink wrap program. We have already received positive customer feedback as well. A recent customer wrote “I am impressed! You have a keeper. Carley was spectacular”.

This is the feedback we love to hear. By the way, this was the first time she collected boat shrink wrap by herself in the garbage truck. Way to go Carley!!

I would also like to announce that Firelands Local has openings on its Advisory Board. If you have an interest in what we do and would like to be part of our growth, please contact me either by phone or email.

James Johnson
(419) 706-4945

Newsletter: January 29, 2024

We introduced our newest employee Andrew, recently. I wanted to show an update of him hard at work. Unfortunately, the only picture I could find was him sorting through the trash.

I also wanted to provide our 2023 recycling numbers. With your help we were able to recycling the following totals:

  • Shredded paper – 523,320 lbs.
  • Cardboard – 213,780 lbs.
  • Boat/shrink wrap – 85,480 lbs.
  • In total that is over 822,000 lbs. of material that was diverted from our landfills and repurposed.
  • In 2024, we plan on going over the 1-million-pound mark.

Newsletter: November 21, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!!

We all say it, but do we truly give thanks. It is very easy to take for granted stuff. Whether it is good health, nice car, new clothes, great sense of humor etc. No matter what your situation is, we all have things to be grateful for. We recently started a family tradition at the Johnson household for Thanksgiving. After we say grace, we go around the table and every says something specific they are grateful for. We even make the grandsons take part. I would encourage everyone to at least take a moment to reflect. Especially before the madness of Black Friday takes over.

This year Firelands Local will be closed on Black Friday. I apologize in advance.

I have included a picture of one of the many turkeys we have around her.

Our next drop off day will be Wed. December 7 from 9-2.

Newsletter: September 26, 2022

Well fall is certainly upon us. Many of you realize this because the calendar says so. Some because it was my birthday last week. Ok, maybe only 1 person. Most realize this because of the cooler temperatures. We, Firelands Local, know it is fall because Payne Nickles had there community shred day last Thursday.

As usual, they had a great day. They collected a total of 24,680 pounds of paper. This is the equivalent of an armored car. Sandusky had a total of 11,111 lbs. collected. This year Norwalk came out on top with a total of 13,569 lbs. collected. The efforts of the wonderful associates and the community members that participated helped save 209.78 trees from being harvested.

Firelands Local wants to send a huge thank you to all the associates at both the Norwalk and Sandusky offices for their help with this event.

The pictures show our storage room filled after we collected all material. The other picture is the mountain of boxes created from emptying a portion of the material.