Maryland Urges Boaters to Think Before You Shrink

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With winter approaching, many boaters are preparing to shrink wrap their boats for the season, but the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is urging them to reconsider.

In an effort to reduce plastic waste and mitigate disposal issues from removing the shrink wrap in the spring, the agency is asking boaters to consider transitioning to reusable materials for winter covering. Semi-custom, reusable covers are similar in cost to two years’ worth of shrink wrap, and they are available for most small boats.

The Maryland Clean Marina Program is encouraging marine facilities to promote the “Think Before You Shrink” initiative by providing free posters and updating its award criteria. You can read more about this effort here

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