What Should I Do With Old Fishing Line?

It is important to think about how to responsibly dispose of old fishing line. Fishing lines are made from durable material and are difficult to break down. If they are not disposed of properly, they can cause harm to wildlife, the environment, and fishing gear.

Discarding old fishing line in the water or leaving it on land can create environmental hazards. Old fishing lines can entangle birds and other animals that come into contact with it, resulting in injury or death. They can also wrap around boat propellers and clog intake valves, damaging equipment and potentially causing accidents.

The best way to dispose of used fishing line is to bring it home with you and recycle it at a designated recycling center. There are many types of recycling centers that accept old fishing lines, such as those that deal with hazardous materials or those that cater specifically to fishing supplies.

If there is no recycling center nearby, consider donating the old fishing line to a local group or organization that will repurpose it for art projects or other uses. For example, some groups use old fishing line for knitting projects or art installations. This is a great way to give back to the community while also ensuring that the old line does not end up in landfills or waterways where it could cause harm.


Old fishing line should be recycled at designated recycling centers whenever possible, but if one isn’t available nearby then donating the line for reuse may be a better option. This ensures that the discarded line won’t end up in landfills or waterways where it could cause harm.

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Michael Allen