Queen Anne’s Launches Fishing Line Recycling Program

Queen Anne’s County is working to reduce fishing line litter with the launch of a new countywide recycling program.

Used fishing line litter can be very detrimental to the coastal habitat. The material is very durable and can tangle around wildlife, crippling them and causing damage to the ecosystem. Queen Anne’s County Parks and Recreation is partnering with Plastic Free QAC, the town of Centreville, Berkley, and the Chesapeake Environmental Center to encourage recycling of used fishing line. The partnership has placed receptacles at eight fishing areas, and six indoor drop-off stations throughout the county.

The used fishing line will be picked up on a regular basis and sent to Berkley Fishing in Iowa, one of the first producers of common fishing line material monofilament. Since 1990, their fishing line recycling program has kept over 9 million miles of fishing line out of landfills.

According to Queen Anne’s:

Keep our wildlife tangle free! You can now dispose of all used fishing line (not just monofilament) at the following locations in Queen Anne’s County:

Cabin Creek Landing
Centreville Wharf
Chesapeake Heritage and Visitors Center
Deep Landing
Kent Narrows Landing
Matapeake and Romancoke Piers
Southeast Creek Landing
Wells Cove Marina

Indoor recycling drop-off locations include:

Centreville Outdoors
Chesapeake Outdoors
Island Tackle
Kentmoor Marina
Shore Tackle and Custom Rods
West Marine

For more information, visit Plastic Free QAC’s website.