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Zero Plastics Marina Initiative

  • litter catch
    Trash skimmers can help marinas prevent the spread of plastic litter and debris.
  • litter catch
    Help educate guests on the impacts of plastics in our waters and shorelines.
  • ocean plastics
    Together we can help reduce plastics in oceans by significantly reducing, and where possible completely eliminating, single use plastics in marinas.
  • volunteer cleanup
    Marinas can bring together local community groups and individual volunteers to coordinate shoreline cleaups.
  • volunteer cleanup
    Making the change to reusable cups, straws & plates is not only trendy - it's better for our environment!

Did you know that eight million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year? That’s a whole garbage truck per minute – and 80 percent of that comes from land-based sources. It means that if no action is taken, the ocean will contain more plastic than fish by 2050.

Rhode Island DEM, in partnership with RI Marine Trades Association and marina operators, are launching an initiative to take local action on this issue to keep plastics out of Narragansett Bay and off our ocean coastlines.

The Zero Plastics Marina initiative is a voluntary effort where marinas “pledge” to commit to plastic prevention activities. A menu of 10 pollution prevention action items have been developed by this partnership to help marina owners commit to and implement this program. Each activity is rated on a scale which when reached recognizes them as a Zero Plastics Marina. Rated activites include plastic prevention education, pollution prevention, recycling, and coastline clean-ups. Through these activities marinas and their guests can play a part in a cleaner future for our Bay.

Rated Activities for Marinas

  • Designate a “Zero Plastics” Steward
  • Develop and Implement a Plan to Reduce Single-use Plastic Water Bottles
  • Provide Water Refilling Stations in Public Areas
  • Eliminate Single-use Plastic Bags
  • Provide Ample Opportunity for Recycling
  • Post Responsible Signage
  • Provide Responsible Dinnerware
  • Participate in a Shrink Wrap Recycling Program
  • Organize or Sponsor a Shoreline Clean-up Event
  • Install a Trash Skimmer

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Environmental Protection Bureau
Terrence Gray, PE; Assoc Director
235 Promenade St.
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-4700
Fax: 401-222-6802