Lee County Extension
Monofilament Recycling and Recovery Program (MRRP)

The Monofilament Recycling and Recovery Program (MRRP) is a statewide effort to educate the public on the problems caused by discarded monofilament line. It aims to decrease the amount of fishing line entering the environment through a network of recycling bins and drop-off locations, and increase the amount of monofilament line being recycled.

The goals of the program are:

1. Raise public awareness of the harmful effects discarded monofilament line has on marine life and the environment. 

2. Reduce the amount of monofilament line in state’s waterways.

3. Involve local volunteer groups/ agencies in accomplishing the goals of the monofilament recycling program through active participation. 

How does MRRP work?

 Anglers place discarded line in designated monofilament recycling bins.*Be sure to remove hooks, leaders and any bait before placing line into the bins. 

Volunteers empty discarded line from bins and clean up the line. 

Cleaned line is taken to designated indoor monofilament recycling bins at local tackleshops/ businesses. 

Collected line is sent to Iowa where it is melted down and recycled into new fishing products.

If you're interested in volunteering to monitor a bin already in place or sponsoring a new bin please contact Joy Hazell, 239-533-7518 or hazellje@leegov.com.

For more information: 

Lee County Monafilament Recycling and Recovery Program

Facts about Monofilament Line in the Environment 

Indoor/Outdoor Bin Locations in Lee County (no link at present)

Statewide MRRP


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