Notes from the Recycling Bin

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Since 1990, the Berkley Conservation Institute, part of Berkley Fishing which make fishing lines, rods, and accessories, has recycled, with the help of anglers everywhere, more than 9 million miles worth of fishing line. Because it is strong, thin, durable and nearly invisible, monofilament is widely used by anglers but those same qualities can make it extremely hazardous to wildlife when left behind.

The Kenai Peninsula Stream Watch began their monofilament line recycling effort in 2014, placing PVC tubes for line collection at various high use sites, and have since recycled 323 pounds of cleaned (minus debris and tackle) monofilament. The recycled line is made into tackle boxes, spools for fishing line, toys and artificial underwater habitat structures that attract fish and plant growth that rejuvenate ponds, streams and reservoirs.

Can’t find a PVC collection tube? You can mail your used line to Berkley Recycling, 1900 18 St, Spirit Lake, IA 51360.

Information provided by ReGroup, a nonprofit educational group, formed in 1989 to develop public awareness of waste reduction, reuse, and recycling benefits on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. ReGroup meets September through May, every third Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Hope Community Center on Princeton Avenue off Kalifornsky Beach Road. Find ReGroup on Facebook or contact at regroupkenaipeninsula@gmail.com.

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