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Monofilament Recovery and Recycling in Texas PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 16 August 2015 13:51

Monofilament Recovery and Recycling in Texas

monofillament recycling tube, on jettyBy Caleb Harris – TPWD Aquatic Education Specialist – Central Texas

Have you seen those big white PVC tubes at your favorite jetty, pier, or lake?  You know the ones where anglers can recycle their used fishing line so that it doesn’t litter the environment or harm wildlife.  How do they get there? Who’s in charge of them?  Who empties them?

We did some fishing to answer these questions when the Ascarate Fishing club in El Paso asked us about placing one at Ascarate Lake.

The Monofilament Recovery and Recycling (MRR) program is coordinated by Texas Sea Grant. However, Texas Sea Grant does not make or maintain the bins. The work is all done by an awesome corps of volunteers.

If you or your group would like to adopt a site that is often littered with fishing line, follow these steps to get started:

  1. Contact Texas Sea Grant to obtain and complete a volunteer agreement form, list the site, and to get all the “official” stickers.
  2. Purchase the materials and construct a bin. The average cost is just under $15/bin. (Note: Exact specification and directions to construct the bin can be obtained through the MRR Program; the BoatUS website also has a great tutorial.)
  3. Set up a schedule to clean it out and take the monofilament to a local recycler.  Many tackle shops have receptacles for monofilament recycling.
  4. Report your data to Texas Sea Grant. There is even a MRR Facebook page to report how much you collect!

According to their website, a total of 782 pounds of monofilament line, equaling 1,060 miles of 12-pound test (the most common line used for coastal fishing), has been collected since 2008. To get involved in the MRR program, contact  John Connell at Texas Sea Grant at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: 979-864-1558 ext. 116.


Miniature recycled fishing line tube made of pvc

On a side note, Angler Ed Area Chief Michael Scherer made some miniature bins (using 1/2 inch PVC) to use with the AED habitat mats to teach about stewardship in his fishing classes.

TPWD Angler Education staff are eager to help volunteers get involved with this program, so feel free to send questions to us too.