Minimizing the Environmental Impact of Single Use Shrinkwrap

Boats at a marina in shrinkwrap ​​

Shrinkwrap does a great job keeping boats clean and protected but it also is a single use plastic that generate tons of waste. The manufacturing of the wrap also contributes to air pollution. The Maryland Clean Marina Program is taking a two pronged approach to prevent this plastic waste and recycle what there is. Boaters are encouraged to Reduce, Reuse, and then Recycle.

Reduce!Think Before You Shrink!

Reuse: Buy reusable boat covers or find a second or third use for shrink wrap.​

Recycle ​Shrinkwrap In partnership with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) and Chesapeake Materials, and numerous boatyards across the state, ​​the Maryland Clean Marina Program is working to help recycle shrinkwrap to reduce plastic waste. Since 2019 we have recycled over 110,000 pounds of shrinkwrap​. Best efforts to recycle can fail due to the need to keep the wrap pure in order to make it reusable. All straps and debris must be removed. Help us to make this program a success.

June 2022 Article​​ ​​Boats on the Bay Shrinking the Impacts.​

MARINAS/BOATYARDS: Participate in our program! Here’s how it works:

  • MTAM will sell and distribute bags that hold up to 40 lbs of clean shrinkwrap to participating marinas and boatyards. (We still can not sell to individual boaters.)

  • Cost of each bag will be $15. This cost will include the pickup/transportation and recycling of the filled bags. These are the hard costs to make this program work.

  • Critical to the successful recycling of boat shrinkwrap is keeping it pure and clean. All straps, zippers, doors and vents must be removed for the wrap to be accepted by any recyclers. Dates for pick-up will be sent out to you early in the season so that you will have time to prepare and plan to get the wrap bagged in time.

  • Only bagged wrap will be accepted by Chesapeake Materials.

  • Bags hold the wrap from up to a 35-foot boat. By condensing the wrap, you may get more in the bag, but we ask that you keep the weight to 40 lbs maximum.​ See demo video here!

  • Visit the Marine Trades Association of Maryland online to purchase bags or learn more.

  • Questions and orders for bags should be directed to

BOATERS: Encourage your marina or boatyard to participate in the program! As of April 1​, 2023 the following marinas are onboard to collect and recycle. If your marina recycles, please follow the​ ​do's and don'ts​.

  • Advanced Marina
  • Annapolis Boat Sales
  • Annapols Landing Marina
  • Atlantic Marinas
  • Atlantic Yacht Services at Safe Harbor Narrows Point
  • Bay Boat Works
  • Bay Bridge Marina
  • Bluewater Yacht Service at South Annapolis Yacht Center
  • Bowleys Marina
  • Cedar Point Marina
  • Colton's Point Marina
  • DiMillo's on the Chesapeake (Oxford)
  • Essex Marina
  • Gibson Island Yacht Yard
  • Gingerville Yachting Center
  • Gratitude Marina
  • Hamilton Harbour Marina
  • Hartge Yacht Yard
  • Haven Harbour Marina
  • Herrington Harbour North
  • Hinckley Yacht Yard
  • Knapps Narrows Marina
  • Long Point Marina
  • Parish Creek Landing
  • Pleasure Cove Marina
  • Pocket Yacht Company
  • Porter's Seneca Marina
  • Rock Hall Railway
  • Safe Harbor Bohemia Vista
  • Safe Harbor Carroll Island
  • ​Sassafras Harbor Marina
  • Shelter Cove Marina
  • Smith's Marina
  • Sunset Harbor Marina
  • Taylor Marine
  • The Last Detail at Muller Marine
  • Washburn's Boatyard
  • Zimmerman Marine at Spring Cove Marina