Reel. Remove. Recycle – Don’t Leave Your Line Behind
Monofilament is single strand fishing line and is typically a strong flexible clear plastic that is tinted blue, pink or green. This fishing line isn’t biodegradable. Instead, it can remain in the marine environment for over 600 years. That’s more than six centuries of potential damage to boats, wildlife, and the environment.
Discarded monofilament is harmful to wildlife. Each year, more than 100,000 marine mammals die from ingesting debris or becoming entangled in fishing lines, nets, and other types of derelict fishing gear. It also becomes a nuisance to boaters.
Recycling monofilament helps us keep it out of our water systems and landfills. Thankfully, doing this is becoming easier and easier. Many boat ramps and marinas now have on-site fishing line recycling containers. That means you may be able to protect your favorite fishing spot by taking just a few extra steps.
Check out our map below to see where recycling receptacles are located in the City of Charleston. Monofilament line collected from our recycling receptacles is sent to Berkley Recycling, where it is made into fishing line spools, tackle boxes, or Fish-Habs, which are artificial underwater habitat structures.
Keep Charleston Beautiful is in need of volunteer groups who can help empty receptacles routinely. If you group is interested in "Adopting" a receptacle, please let us know by filling out this google form.