LAKE PLEASANT — One afternoon in late fall, the Bigfoot Baler readied 500 pounds of boat-storage plastic for recycling that may otherwise have gone to the landfill.
The pilot program, launched by Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District, aimed to remove plastic from the waste stream to save money and the environment.
The Conservation Districts serving Clinton and Franklin counties partnered with that agency, helping bale the plastic at Lake Pleasant Marine in Lake Pleasant.
In fact, the Bigfoot Baler is owned by the Clinton County District, purchased with funding from the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York.
‘READY AND EAGER’
Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation kicked off the effort by surveying marinas to find out how much and what kind of plastic is used for annual boat storage.
“The most important inquiry was if marinas were interested in recycling,” a press release from the agency said. “They were ready and eager.”
Partnerships made the first plastic recycling event a success, the release said.
After storage plastic was removed from the boats, Lake Pleasant Marine stockpiled it for recycling.
Franklin and Clinton county district staff joined Hamilton County representatives to do the work, loading the plastic in the bin.
The machine compressed it into a 500-pound bale.
Franklin County District staff brought it to TAP Industries in Malone, where it will be pelletized.
“We have been recycling boat storage plastic for 10 years because I don’t like to fill up the landfill with plastic,” said Tom Dorr, owner of Lake Pleasant Marine, in the newsrelease.
“We would purchase heavy-duty recycling bags and only be able to fit four or five plastic wrappers in each bag. With 100 boats, that expense added up.
‘SAVED US MONEY’
“This program was great for us because it saved us money and we appreciate the help.”
“Recycling boat storage plastic not only results in cost savings but protects the ecosystems that support a thriving economy,” Hamilton County District Manager Elizabeth Mangle explained.
“Recycling is important because it reduces the need to utilize our precious, nonrenewable resources to produce new products.”
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