ELIZABETH, NJ - Fall is in full swing, but earnest anglers continue to cast their lines in Union County lakes and ponds, and now there is a convenient way for those who fish for fun and-or fame to safely dispose of used fishing line. Specially-designed 'Reel in and Recycle' bins are now located at several popular fishing spots throughout the County parks system.
The new bins are part of an effort to reduce litter in local waterways. They are designed to collect monofilament fishing line, the most commonly used form of fishing line on the market today.
Either by accident or through neglect, monofilament line frequently makes its way into local lakes, ponds, and streams, where it entangles fish, turtles, birds and other wildlife. Monofilament fishing line can take more than 600 years to decompose, making it one of the most persistent forms of pollution in waterways.
'Reel in and Recycle' bins are being installed at Briant Park (Summit), Cedar Brook Park (Plainfield), Echo Lake Park (Mountainside), Lenape Park (Cranford), Nomahegan Park (Cranford), Milton Lake Park (Rahway), Sperry Pond (Cranford), Seeley’s Pond (Mountainside), and Warinanco Park (Roselle).
The collected fishing line will be sent to the Berkeley Conservation Institute, an organization that has, since 1980, recycled more than nine million miles worth of fishing line into raw plastic pellets, which can be used to make new products including tackle boxes, spools for line, and fish habitats.