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Marine Apprenticeship Program launch; shrink wrap solutions

A new video from Ohio Clean Marinas Program shows how to prepare boat shrink wrap

A new video from Ohio Clean Marinas Program shows how to prepare boat shrink wrap

Ohio Lieutenant Governor John Husted will keynote the kick-off ceremony today to launch the Buckeye State’s first Marine Trades Apprenticeship Program. The event will take place on the shores of Lake Erie at Lakefront Marina in Port Clinton.

Spearheading this new program is the Great Lakes Community Action Partnership (GLCAP). But other organizations are involved or supporting. The ceremony will begin with a procession of U.S. Coast Guard, Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department and U.S. Homeland Security Customs & Border Water Patrol vessels into the marina’s main channel.

This launch event is a highlight of Ohio’s In-Demand Jobs Week, May 6-10, during which the state’s employers, economic and workforce development professionals and officials promote Ohio’s multitude of lucrative and rewarding jobs that are in high demand.

“The purpose of In-Demand Jobs Week is to highlight the great careers available in Ohio and how to get the education and training you need to get started,” Lt. Governor Husted will say. “Businesses need talent and if you have the right kind of skills and training it can lead to a rewarding career. We want to help Ohioans, young and old, build the skills they need to earn more and support a good quality of life for themselves and their families.”

Another major highlight will be Yamaha Motor Corporation’s announcement of a new education and training partnership with GLCAP. While GLCAP has offered marine trades training in the Lake Erie region for almost two decades, Yamaha’s participation will take everything to a much higher level, enabling the Apprenticeship program to offer additional opportunities and potential for job seekers, employers and the regional economy. Statewide, the marine industry has an annual economic impact of $3.6 billion and supports more than 19,500 Ohio jobs, according to the Boating Associations of Ohio.

Other notable speakers will include Mary Mertz, Ohio’s Director of the Department of Natural Resources, and Patrick Reardon, executive administrator of ApprenticeOhio. So, hats off to the dealers and marinas in Ohio and their participation in the new Apprenticeship program.


Right now, literally tons of protective shrink wrap covers are being torn off boats coming out of winter storage across northern sections of the country. So it’s timely that a new video from the Ohio Clean Marinas Program is available that shows dealers, marinas and boat owners everywhere how to prepare boat shrink wrap for recycling in six easy steps.

Essentially plastic, shrink wrap is an effective winter cover. But when it’s disposed of in landfills, it can take hundreds of years to degrade. On average, each vessel yields about 25 to 35 pounds of shrink wrap.

The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water calls on all boaters to learn from Ohio’s new video to manage their own vessel’s shrink wrap recycling. Actually, Ohio’s emphasis on recycling shrink wrap isn’t new. Since 2006, the Buckeye State’s recycling program has kept 2.3 million pounds of low-density polyethylene shrink wrap out of landfills, with much of the material being turned into highway guardrail spacer blocks, among other items.

So, whether you’re a dealer or a customer, here are step-by-step instructions on how to properly prepare shrink wrap for recycling:

  1. Start at the bottom: Cut and remove all bellybands at the bottom of the shrink wrap. Bellybands are the strapping that runs under the hull that keeps the shrink wrap from lifting off the boat.
  2. Make four cuts: Starting at the stern, make a vertical cut on the edge of the shrink wrap cover about 6 inches tall, which will loosen the bottom perimeter of the wrap. Continue to make three more vertical cuts on the perimeter at port and starboard midships and at the bow. You should now have four cuts.
  3. Pull out the nylon: Remove the four pieces of nylon perimeter banding from the sleeve at the bottom perimeter of the shrink wrap.
  4. Cut up, gently: Working from the stern to the bow, begin cutting up the wrap into smaller sizes for removal. Start about 6- to 8 feet up and make a downward vertical cut on the boat’s centerline toward the bottom of the stern, being careful to not make contact with the boat. Then, moving forward on both sides of the boat, make additional cuts to remove the wrap in reasonably-sized pieces.
  5. Think clean, clean, clean: As the pieces of shrink wrap come off the boat, be careful not to contaminate them with dirt, oil, stones or other contaminants. It’s important that all nylon strapping, banding, buckles, plastic vents, door zippers or any other materials attached to the wrap are removed and disposed of separately. If, by chance, you’ve patched your wrap with a tape that can’t be removed, cut that portion out and dispose of it separately.
  6. Roll and dispose: Roll up the pieces of shrink wrap so they can be easily managed by recyclers. You can cut off a long narrow piece of wrap (sometimes called “film”) to tie up the bundles — but again, use only shrink wrap material to do this; avoid twine, duct tape or rope. Next, place the bundles in your marina, yard or boat club’s designated shrink wrap recycling area and you’re done.

To find out how to recycle shrink wrap in your area, check out your local Clean Marina program or marine trades association. Shrink wrap manufacturer Dr. Shrink also offers a REBAG shrink wrap recycling kit for $45 that contains a 30- by 50-inch clear bag with cover-removal directions printed on it, a closure device for the bag and a prepaid FedEx shipping label. In Ohio, the Clean Marinas Program is a proactive partnership among the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Lake Erie Marine Trades Association and other public and private sector partners. 



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