Stories From Main Street – Belmar, NJ
BELMAR, NJ (WCBS 880) – These days, it seems you can recycle just about anything.
In this case, it’s a story of turning of turning wipeouts into liquid assets, and helping the environment at the same time.
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“I recycle surfboards,” Jim Witkowski told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams.
When the swell is big, you will find Witkowski combing the Jersey Shore in search of wipeout waste.
Witkowski says, “[Surfers] throw it right in the garbage. Usually, it’s right in one of these garbage cans at the beach.”
Instead of all of that polyurethane and fiberglass going to a landfill, it heads to Witkowski’s work bench in Belmar, where he re-fashions the board.
Witkowski says, “We really want to get a board that’s been old and browned, kind of dilapidated, ready to be snapped – and just grab it from the surfer that way and give him some money for it and, you know, make it a new board for someone else.”
Casimier Surfboards (named because Jim’s middle name is Casimier) is just a hobby, he says, but who knows? A business could blossom.
Where there are big waves, there will always be broken boards.