Obaggo: Head of the Charles Regatta

Obaggo returned this past weekend for our second annual volunteer effort as the "plastic bag recycling crew" for the Head of the Charles Regatta (HOCR).

If you've never been, the HOCR is a spectacular event on the Charles River in Boston, with over 11,000 athletes rowing over 1,900 boats and competing in over 60 events. This year the weather was amazing!

Obaggo worked with Courtney Forrester's (pictured right) Sustainability crew, a large group dedicated to ensuring that the waste generated by the teams, vendors, and the one quarter million attendees is properly recycled, composted, or disposed of.

Obaggo's job was to collect as much of the plastic film as possible, and ensure that it gets recycled.

The main sources of plastic film were from the 2,000 volunteer jackets distributed (each in a bag), the food vendors (e.g., hot dog bags, ice bags, case-wrap over beverage bottles, etc.).

Plastic film at an event like this can be found just about everywhere. We collected the pallette-wrap, which is Linear Low Density Polyethylene (LLDPE), good for recycling.

When necessary, we "dumpster dove" for the good clean and dry recyclable plastic film. Volunteers, anyone?

Even the boats themselves were a big source of plastic. Many of the race boat manufacturers showed-up with their boats wrapped in gigantic plastic bags.

Up to 5 pounds of nice, clean, LDPE per bag.

Some boat bags were 30