MONOFILAMENT RECYCLING PROGRAM COMES TO PALM BEACH COUNTY
At the Juno Beach Pier, biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissionís Florida Marine Research Institute will be setting up monofilament recycling bins throughout the northern region of Palm Beach County.
Monofilament line is a single-strand, strong, flexible plastic fishing line. Most monofilament is non-biodegradable and can last about 600 years! Because it is thin and often clear, it is very difficult for birds and animals to see, and they can easily become entangled in it. Once entangled, they may become injured, drown, or starve to death. Since snorkelers, divers, and boat propellers have become entangled in stray monofilament line, it clearly presents a danger to humans as well as wildlife.
The Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program goals are to reduce the amount of monofilament fishing line in the natural habitat, facilitate monofilament line recycling, raise public awareness about the destruction caused by monofilament line left in the environment, and involve the community and its residents through active participation. The project consists of volunteers collecting the fishing line from the outdoor recycling bins and taking the recyclable line to a participating tackle shop. The tackle shop collects the used fishing line, packs it in pre-paid boxes, and ships it to Berkley, The Pure Fishing Co. Berkley recycles the line into pellets that can be made into other plastic products including tackle boxes, spools for line, fish habitats, and more!
In a joint effort between the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, The Nature Conservancy: Blowing Rocks, Jupiter Environmental Research Academy, Partnership for Environmental Education, and the Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department, MRRP indoor and outdoor bins will be placed in several locations throughout the northern region of Palm Beach County. The outdoor recycling bins are made of six-inch, white PVC pipe and stand approximately three feet tall.
The students of Jupiter Academy completed the construction of the specialized canisters in May. Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation has agreed to place the bins in several key locations, including Burt Reynolds Park, Bert Winters Park, and Phil Foster Park.
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