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Marinas, Boat Owners: Recycle Your Used Shrink Wrap

Published: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Dr. Shrink, Inc. is one of the largest suppliers of shrink wrap across the globe, and while offering premium and high-quality products, recycling of used shrink wrap continues to be a top priority for this global leader.

 “Taking care of our environment that we, as boat owners and outdoor recreation enthusiasts, all enjoy, should be a top priority,” says Mike Stenberg, President & Founder of Dr. Shrink, Inc. “With a little bit of effort and education, we can all do our part and recycle our old, used shrink wrap for free or very little cost.”

All of Dr. Shrink’s film is 100% virgin resin made of #4 Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE). This is one of the most common plastic materials available, and its recycled contents are frequently used in plastic lumber, construction sheeting, and garbage bags. Many boat owners think of shrink wrap as a “plastic bag” which is not commonly recycled at your local recycling center, however, Dr. Shrink’s material is different.

To start, pick up the phone and contact your local recycling center and ask them if they will accept “#4 LDPE plastic sheeting.” Some locations may require you to provide documentation, and Dr. Shrink is happy to help. You can access specification documents online at, or you can email [email protected] to request assistance.

To ensure your wrap is accepted at the local recycling center, be sure “Keep it C.0.0.L. meaning it is clean, has zero accessories (such as strapping, buckles, vents, or zipper doors), has zero moisture (is dry), and finally, is loosely packed for easily handling and sorting when it arrives at the local recycling center.

Recycling and environmental stewardship is not a new concept to Dr. Shrink. They have pioneered a number of recycling programs throughout the country. 

“We have created a comprehensive recycling program in our home state of Michigan, and its 20+ years of success is one of our proudest accomplishments as a company,” says Stenberg. “Our goal each and every year is to continue to build upon our program, and this year, we are hoping to expand our efforts across the entire country.”

Dr. Shrink currently partners with the Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) and Bay Area Recycling for Charities (BARC) to keep used shrink wrap out of area landfills each and every year.

If you are a boat owner or a marina owner and are interested in learning more about recycling, reach out to Dr. Shrink who can assist you in any way.

Dr. Shrink, Inc. was founded in 1992, by Mike Stenberg in Manistee, Michigan, as a one-man operation in his home. It has since grown into a 15+ employee, international corporation that distributes its products on six continents across the world. Dr. Shrink, Inc. is located in Manistee’s Industrial Park at 315 Washington Street.

A version of this article appeared in the Spring Issue (Mar/Apr) 2021 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.

tags: Environmental Impact, Shrinkwrap

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