WOODALLSCM.com February 2018 - 29 sweeps their beach three times a week throughout the summer, which takes about four hours each time. “The most common things we pick up are beach toys, bottles and cigarette butts,” she said. “Through November 2017 we had picked up 87 tons of trash.” On top of that, the campground has seven lakes, which means plenty of fishermen and also plenty of fishing line, which can create a major headache for local fish and wildlife if left behind. “We don’t want to just leave that fishing line there,” said Bryant. “It does not just biodegrade, and it’s gone, it takes years and years. Here at Ocean Lakes we collect about 900 yards of fishing line every year.” The campground has also invested in solar energy, which heats water at one bath- house, saving water by making sure the water is hot right when guests turn on the faucet. “We can tell that guests appreciate what we offer because they are using what is there,” said Bryant. “People come here to enjoy the beach and the sun, and we want to take care of that so future generations can enjoy it too.” Product suppliers to the campground industry are also noticing a shift towards products constructed from recycled products, although most suppliers will say that a lot of the trend is due to the reliability and cost savings of the products available. “I would like to think that our customers are being more environmentally conscious,” said Sandra Anson, director of sales and marketing at Mulliken, Mich.-based Polly Products, which produces “green products for a green world.” Anson said that the company has noticed an “amazing” demand for its products over the last few years and that she believes as Millennials get older demand for its products will increase even more. “The younger generation understands that we live in a finite place and they want to be good stewards of what is around them,” she said. She said that they sell mainly to govern- ment-owned parks, but that the company is seeing more private parks interested in their products, like picnic tables and park benches. “These are commercially rated products that come with a 20-year guarantee, so it is really a buy-it-once item,” said Anson. “Our benches and tables are produced with recy- cled consumer plastic that comes from sources like milk jugs, which can take 400 years to decompose naturally. Compared to wooden benches and tables, which require regular maintenance, our products are non- porous and non-leeching, at most you might have to power wash the item every once in a while.” At Jamestown, N.Y.-based Jamestown Advanced Products, the increased demand for products made from recyclable materials has prompted the company to install their ownrecycledplasticlumberline,whichisset to be put into production in early 2018. “The new line will enable us to meet the demandsofthecustomer,”saidLizCaldwell, marketing associate. Jamestownofferspicnictables,benches, trash receptacles and dog park products. Caldwell said that she believes the growth in the demand for these types of products will continue to grow. “Especially as our society continues to be more environmentally cautious,” she said. “I think that a park’s customers will appreciate seeing that the park or campground in which they are enjoying nature is doing its part to preserve it.” At Cherokee, Iowa-based Pilot Rock, Bob Simonsen, marketing manager, said that he OceanLakesfeaturesmorethanamileofbeachfrontthatiskeptcleanwitha“beachsweeper”. Converting a bathhouse to solar power has allowed Cooperstown Beaver Valley Cabins & Campsites to conserve water and money. Green Initiatives – continued on page 36 Interior of Ocean Lakes I-Care station.