How to Recycle Fishing Lines

How to Recycle Fishing Lines
It is important to recycle fishing line. Not only can fish become entangled in old fishing line and drown or suffer multiple injuries, but boats can suffer damage if old fishing line is caught between the boat’s propellers. Prevent damage to marine life and boats by taking your old fishing line to a recycling bin, which can be found at boat ramps, parks, piers or some tackle shops. Your old fishing line will then be cut, melted and used in the manufacturing of new products.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Recycling bin
Step 1
Spin fishing line onto an old spool or spin into a ball for easy handling. You can also cut your fishing line into 12-inch strips.
Step 2
Contact local fishing tackle retailers to learn about local fishing line recycling program. Participating retailers may display a recycling poster outside the store to notify anglers of the recycling program. Drop your old fishing line into the on-site recycle collection bin.
Step 3
Mail old fishing line to a recycling center and have it recycled there. If there is no convenient recycling center in your area, mail your old fishing line to a regional recycling center. For example, anglers can mail old fishing line to the following address for recycling (postage fees apply):

Pure Fishing

Recycling Collection Center

1900 18th Street

Spirit Lake, Iowa 51360
Step 4
Check local fisheries for recycling bins. Many local lakes, rivers and fisheries provide on-site recycling bins for old fishing line. Look for signage or ask an attendant for bin locations around the banks.

Tips & Warnings

Collect old fishing line inside a plastic bag until you are ready to recycle it.
You can contact Going Coastal at (718) 243-9056.
Monofilament fishing line can be harmful to fish if it is accidentally ingested.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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