Did you know that it takes over 600 years for monofilament fishing line to decompose?
Marine debris is a chronic problem in New York Harbor, resulting in littered shorelines and creating hazards for swimmers, divers, shore walkers, boaters, and wildlife.
Now recycling monofilament is easy:
Going Coastal will help you and your local fishing or boating group to install a monofilament recycling bin at your favorite fishing spot, launch ramp or marina.
- 1. Fill out this simple participation form: Recycling Network Application
- 2. Email the form to Going Coastal at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Outdoor Recycling Bins: PVC pipes that attaches to posts or railings.
- Indoor Recycling Bins: Cardboard boxes with pre-paid shipping labels provided by Berkeley's Pure Fishing division; Pure Fishing sends out new boxes as it receives full ones.
The project is funded through a marine debris grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.
The BoatU.S. Foundation donated ten outdoor PVC recycling bins for the Going Coastal program.
Pure Fishing donated indoor collection bins for use at tackle shops and onboard party boats. Berkley, parent company of Pure Fishing, provides postage paid shipping containers for line collection. Monofilament is sent for recycling where it is made into underwater fishing habitat structures.
Become a part of the Fishing-Line recycling network by Volunteering or Sponsorship:
Volunteers are needed to build PVC bins and stewerd fishing-line collection;
Sponsors are needed to facilitate supply of materials for outdoor-bins.
Anglers, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- The line can’t be recycled with normal plastics at home through city curbside recycling programs.
- Drop-off boxes are being placed at marinas, fishing piers, and tackle shops around the city.
- Before throwing the fishing line in the trash, cut it down into lengths less than a foot each to shorten the chance of an animal becoming entangled in the line.
Interactive map of New York City Fishing Line Recycling Network
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