Ways to Help
There are many things Texans can do to help keep monofilament line out of the environment.
Recover Your Line
Whenever possible, retrieve and properly dispose of any monofilament line that you encounter. Take the time to remove monofilament from vegetation if it becomes tangled there.
Be Line Conscious
Consider the age of your line and its strength, and keep track of and store loose pieces of fishing line. Even tag ends cut from leaders can be stored easily for proper disposal. If you must throw away fishing line, cut it into pieces less than six inches long.
Properly Stow Your Rods
Store rods in a location where monofilament line won’t be caught by the wind and allowed to free spool, littering miles of Texas highways with line.
Make It a Rule
If you fish from a boat, make it an onboard rule not to throw any kind of plastic overboard, especially monofilament fishing line. To store the line safely until you can turn it in for recycling, cut an “X” into the lid of a tennis ball canister or similar container to make it easy to poke the pieces of line through.
Recycle monofilament line in an indoor recycling bin at a local tackle shop or in an outdoor PVC recycling bin posted at boat ramps and piers. If the tackle shop you visit does not have a recycling bin, encourage them to participate in the program.
Volunteer to sponsor a monofilament recycling bin and empty it of line when full or as needed. Participate in local beach and river cleanup events, or volunteer for agencies that are actively sponsoring cleanups.