DEEP: Fishing Line Recycling Locations

Connecticut Fishing Line Recycling Locations
How you can help protect wildlife
{Hanging Osprey}
Dead osprey tangled in fishing line and found hanging from its nest in Old Lyme. Photo courtesy of Hank Golet.
The Translucent Killer
Don't let this happen again! Carelessly discarded fishing line can seriously harm or kill wildlife. Animals can become entangled in, or ingest, the line, which can cause:
  - Starvation
  - Strangulation
  - Deep wounding

Wildlife usually cannot survive the injuries they sustain from entanglements.
To prevent incidents like the dead osprey found in Old Lyme, the DEEP, along with the Menunkatuck Audubon Society and Connecticut Audubon Society, has installed monofilament fishing line recycling receptacles at inland and coastal sites around the state to encourage less waste line in the environment. The disposed fishing line is collected by volunteers and then sent to a company that recycles it to make underwater habitat structures for fish. Presently, 35 receptacles are set up in Connecticut, spanning throughout 21 towns.
Make a difference for wildlife by properly disposing of fishing line, hooks, lures, weights, and all other trash.
Find the Recycling Receptacle Nearest You:
Select the link for your town of interest, and you will be directed to a map with the address of receptacles within that town.
{Fishing Line Receptacle Map}
{Fishing Line Receptacle}
 Monofilament recycling receptacle at one of the coastal locations.               
Avon (PDF)
Branford (PDF)
Bridgeport (PDF)
Bridgeport (Additional Locations)
Colchester (PDF)
Fairfield (Multiple Locations)
Farmington (PDF)
Griswold (PDF)
Groton (PDF)
  -Mill Pond (PDF)
Hamden (PDF)
  -Neck River (PDF)
  -Castwell Cove (PDF)
  -Gulf Beach (PDF)
New Fairfield
  -Ball Pond (PDF)
Old Lyme (PDF)
Salem (PDF)
Salisbury (PDF)
Stonington (PDF)
Stratford (PDF)
Torrington (PDF)
Watertown (PDF)
West Haven (PDF)
Winchester (PDF)
NEW! Nineteen fishing line recycling receptacles were recently installed at local docks and piers in Fairfield and Bridgeport by five high school students from Fairfield. DEEP will collect the discarded line from a site monitor who will periodically empty their assigned receptacle. The Connecticut Audubon Society was the lead sponsor of the project.
If there isn’t a convenient location in your community to recycle fishing line, consider starting your own recycling program at your favorite fishing site. Start by talking to your local marina, tackle shop, or fishing supply store to see if they’d be interested in starting a recycling program. The Berkley Conservation Institute makes it easy for retailers, groups, and individuals to create their own recycling collection programs for fishing line. To participate as a retailer, you can request a recycling collection bin and it will be shipped at no charge. As individuals, you can mail it directly to Berkley.
Help protect wildlife and keep your favorite fishing area clean by placing waste fishing line in a recycling receptacle. It's the responsible thing to do!
{Red-throated Loon }
This red-throated loon was found in Guilford with fishing tackle entangled around its body. Unfortunately, the loon could not be caught to remove the fishing line, and its fate remains unknown.
Fishing line, hooks, lures, sinkers, kite string, helium balloons, plastic bags, and other carelessly discarded trash are deadly to wildlife.
Please retrieve these items and discard them in covered trash or recycling containers. We all can help further by picking up other people's trash, especially along our waterways.
{Tax Refund}  
The Monofilament Fishing Line Recycling Project received funding from Connecticut's Endangered Species/Wildlife Income Tax Check-off Fund
Content last updated on June 18, 2019.