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Can fishing line be recycled?

Updated: Sep 29, 2020

If collected, Fishing line can be melted down into plastic pellets, which are then recycled into products such as tackle boxes, spools for fishing line, toys and fish habitat structures.

Monofilament fishing line is the line anglers most commonly use: single-strand, high-density nylon. If left in the water or onshore, it can harm wildlife that becomes tangled in it or ingest it. Line in the water can also endanger swimmers and divers and become tangled in boat propellers.

It can last up to 600 years in freshwater, meaning it poses a threat for a long time.

Fishing line can remain a problem even if put in the trash because birds can take it from an open bin and become entangled or it can entangle wildlife at landfills.

Source: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Recycling/FishingLine.html

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