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Environmental Programs

The business of boating depends on a healthy ocean. RIMTA has created programs and partnered with leading environmental organizations to give marine businesses clear guidelines on steps they can take to run a greener operation.


Read on for an overview of environmental programs for R.I. marine businesses

Become a Zero Plastics Marina


Did you know that eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year? At this rate, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

The R.I. Department of Environmental Management in partnership with RIMTA and marina operators launched a local initiative in 2018 to keep plastics out of Narragansett Bay and off our coastlines. The Zero Plastics Marina Initiative is a voluntary effort where marinas will prevent pollution, encourage recycling, educate and clean the coastline by keeping plastics out of the ocean.

Click here for a list of 10 pollution-prevention steps you can take to be a Zero Plastics Marina. This initiative is a great first step toward running a greener operation.

If you’d like to learn more about marine debris and how the RI-based organization Clean Ocean Access has worked with marine companies on this issue, read our story here.

Clean Marina Program


The Clean Marina Program is a voluntary initiative designed to reward marinas that go beyond regulatory requirements by applying innovative best management practices for pollution prevention to their regular operations. The R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council developed the program with RIMTA, RI Department of Environmental Management, RI Sea Grant, and Save The Bay.

A Clean Marina Guidebook and self-assessment checklist have been developed to help marinas achieve the designation. Click here to learn more.

Read a story here about how RIMTA member New England Boatworks earned the Clean Marina distinction.

R.I. Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Program


Every year in the U.S. an increasing number of recreational fiberglass boats reach their end of life without a sustainable option for disposal. Some will be crushed and buried in landfills, where they will persist for many years, while others may be abandoned by their owners on land or in coastal areas where they can potentially harm the marine environment.

This is a serious challenge facing boat owners, state governments, and the national marine-trades industry – and the Ocean State has taken the lead in searching for a solution.

Launched by Rhode Island Sea Grant and RIMTA, the Rhode Island Fiberglass Vessel Recycling (RIFVR) Pilot Project will explore solutions for the sustainable disposal of fiberglass boats, by dismantling and re-processing of fiberglass hulls into cement as an alternative to landfill.

This pilot is a collaboration among local, regional and national partners, who are working toward the material-collection phase of the pilot. If you are a RIMTA member interested in nominating an end-of-life vessel for use in the pilot, please fill out this form.

Learn more about the project in this background sheet, or contact project manager Evan Ridley (evan@rimta.org / 401-396-9619).

Shrink Wrap Program

 

RIMTA was among the first in the country to begin a collection program to recycle shrink wrap used by marinas and boat yards.

Historically shrink wrap has been sent to landfills once it has been removed from a boat.  RIMTA’s partnership with a regional material hauler/recycling firm provides an environmentally viable and economically practical option for the collection, processing and repurposing of the discarded shrink-wrap from our members across Rhode Island.

RIMTA members are able to participate in the program by purchasing ‘shrink wrap bags’ to collect their shrink wrap material.  Each bag an hold up to  40 lbs of shrink wrap material and will be picked up from your facility at no additional cost.

In 2018 and 2019, this industry wide effort diverted almost 70,000 pounds of discarded shrink wrap away from landfilling.

Do you need to order shrink wrap bags?

Do you need to schedule a pick-up of your shrink wrap bags?

Please contact Jen Huber (email/401-396-9619)