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George  Sayour

How About Recycling Your Old Kayak or Canoe?

By March 3, 2008

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There is something deeply embedded in our souls that drives our love for paddling. It goes without saying that we thrive on the adrenaline that courses through our bodies as we take that first stroke of the day. Yes, we love the camaraderie that accompanies each trip and the stories we share as a result. Still, there is a deeper stimulus for why we paddle and it resounds in our very cores. It is the harmony we find and is at its best when we work in one accord with our environment and not against it.

Alright, maybe I overdid it just a bit in that last paragraph, but I have yet to meet a fellow paddler who didn't love nature. It is for that reason that I make this suggestion. In the last post I began to discuss creative ways of reusing or disposing of old kayaks and canoes. This recommendation goes a step further and actually suggests recycling your old boat. There are a lot of programs out there that will take your old boats and grind them down to be used in the manufacture of a new boat. Festivals often have boat collection drives for this very purpose.

Its kind of cool to think that your old kayak could live again as a part of someone else's boat and see yet another day on the water. To learn more about how to recycle your old boats contact a paddling organization near you and ask them what the best way to go about it is.


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