Bay Sea Scouts receive Great Lake Erie Boat Float recycling award

Sea Scouts ready "Hi-Tide" to launch at Edgewater Beach along with a dozen other boat floats.

Sea Scout Ship 41 received the “Best Use of Recycled Materials” award at the Great Lake Erie Boat Float with their vessel made from 500 Tide bottles. Andrew Gash, an employee of Procter & Gamble, who had provided the bottles, was on hand at the Edgewater Park event, October 3, to help launch the Sea Scout vessel “Hi-Tide.” On a WKYC Channel 3 broadcast, Andrew explained to the live audience that the Tide bottles were made from over 25% recycled plastics and that the project had been a great learning opportunity for the Sea Scouts.

The Great Lake Erie Boat Float attracted a dozen entries that included restaurants, colleges and high schools. It was sponsored by Dominion East Ohio and the Biodiversity Alliance to highlight concern for our lakefront environment. Dr. Marcus Eriksen, who in 2008 sailed the Pacific Ocean in a boat made from 15,000 pop bottles, presented the award and congratulated the scouts on their boat design and construction. “Hi-Tide” will be on display at Case Western Reserve University the week of October 20 as part of their Campus Sustainability Day, after which they will be recycled.

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Richard Gash is the Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 41.

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Volume 1, Issue 5, Posted 6:52 PM, 10.20.2009