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  • Sections of Boardwalk Closed at Red Maple Swamp Trail

    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

CFP Action Plan - Waste

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Recycled plastic lumber boardwalk

NPS

Emission

Reduction

Target:

Reduce park operations'

waste emissions to 10

percent below 2007

levels by 2020.

Both recycling and composting reduce the amount of waste that is landfilled and represent significant potential GHG emission reductions. For example, the US EPA estimates that yard trimmings and food scraps accounted for as much as 25 percent of MSW produced in 2008.

Completed and Ongoing Actions

  • Donate or recycle used computers and electronics.
  • Continue to increase the recycled content of purchased materials.
  • Use almost all green and non-toxic janitorial products.
  • Discontinued landscape watering and fertilizing at the park.
  • Engage staff to reduce, recycle, and manage waste at work.
  • Installed water bottle filling station at Herring Cove Beach bathhouse, and Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers.
  • Implemented a construction waste management plan and job site recycling policy.
  • Recycled 1500 tons of concrete and asphalt (equaling 99.42% of waste diverted from landfills) when replacing Herring Cove Beach bathhouse.

Planned Actions

  • Maximize web-based communications to reduce use of paper and printing.
  • Start a comprehensive recycling outreach campaign aimed at park visitors, including increased signage and recycling visibility.
  • Initiate composting options at facilities where appropriate.
  • Establish Purchasing Requirements for low/no-VOC insulation materials, carpets, paints, and adhesives.

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Did You Know?

pirate treasure

Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.