How Do You Throw Away Fishing Line?

Throwing away fishing line may seem like a straightforward task, but it is important to do so properly in order to protect the environment. Fishing line is not biodegradable, so it can remain in the environment for years, posing a danger to fish and other wildlife.

Improperly disposed of fishing line can also be an eyesore, cluttering up beaches and waterways. Fortunately, there are some simple steps that anglers can take to responsibly dispose of their used fishing line.

1. Reuse: The best way to get rid of old fishing line is to reuse it.

Many anglers use old monofilament line as leaders or chum lines when crabbing or bottom-fishing. If the line is still usable, consider using it again before throwing it away.

2. Recycle: Fishing line can also be recycled instead of thrown away.

Many tackle shops and marinas have recycling bins specifically for used fishing line and other tackle components. These bins are often collected by organizations such as Berkley Recycling and the American Sportfishing Association’s Fishing Line Recycling Program.

3. Dispose Properly: If fishing line cannot be reused or recycled, it should be disposed of properly. Never throw old fishing line in waterways or on land — instead, put it into a sealable plastic bag and throw it in the trash.


Proper disposal of used fishing line is essential for protecting the environment and wildlife that live within it. Anglers should always strive to reuse, recycle, or properly dispose of their used fishing line whenever possible. By following these simple steps, anglers can ensure that their discarded fishing lines do not become a hazard to wildlife or an eyesore on our waterways.

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Michael Allen