Fishing Line (Monofilament) Receptacles

ReelInandRecycleMonofilamentSignFishing line can be an especially dangerous form of litter because of its potential harm to marine life.  According to the USEPA’s Aquatic Trash Prevention Nation Great Practices Compendium (December 2016), the “Reel In and Recycle Program”, a nationwide monofilament fishing line recycling program, was created and initiated in 2006 by the BoatU.S. Foundation and “was initially funded by grants [through June 2012] from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).  In five years, the program established a network of over 2,000 monofilament recycling bins distributed and installed at over 700 locations across the country.”  “The network has grown to over 6,000 bins nationally” and includes locations “such as boat launch ramps, marinas, fishing piers, […] and tackle and bait shops.”  “Local groups are responsible for the installation and maintenance of the bins.”

For program details, visit these links:
BoatU.S. Foundation’s Clean Boating Programs
Reel In & Recycle Program for fishing line collection and recycling
How to Build a Monofilament Recycling Bin video (3:01 minutes)
Order signs and decals


Monofilament Fishing Line Recycling Program  by Surfrider Foundation South Jersey

Surfrider Foundation South Jersey’s Monofilament Fishing Line Recycling Program is underway, with the support and partnership of TackleDirect.  Surfrider Foundation South Jersey volunteers build monofilament recycling receptacles to be installed at popular fishing locations and launching ramps, where fishermen can discard their unwanted monofilament line.

COA (Clean Ocean Action) also has these two helpful lists of tips for anglers and boaters: