Since January 2013, the City of Onkaparinga has been trialling a fishing debris collection and recycling program, Hook, Line and Thinker.
The program has already helped reduce the impact of discarded fishing waste in the environment by the collection and recycling of unwanted recreational fishing items.
Initiated by Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges, the Hook, Line & Thinker program is directed at recreational fishers, with eight branded collection bins installed at popular fishing locations across the City of Onkaparinga.
Fishers have been encouraged to place waste including old line, lures, hooks, sinkers and other unwanted items in the bins rather than dumping them.
Fishing debris collected in the bins is recycled wherever possible, with monofilament line recycled into a range of plastic materials for industry, while the metal from hooks and sinkers is recycled as scrap metal.
The council’s Waste and Recycling Education Officer Lynda Wedding says the trial period is now completed and data on the waste collected shows impressive results.
“Our local fishers and those who visit our area have really embraced the program and during the 12 month trial we collected 3048 items including almost nine kilometres of fishing line, 195 lead sinkers and 849 hooks.”
“Word is getting out about the program and we’ve had many people attending waste and recycling education presentations showing strong interest in the program, providing feedback and asking questions,” Lynda said.
The success of the trial will help to expand the program locally and to facilitate the program in other councils across South Australia. The city of Onkaparinga is now looking at installing additional bins further south along the coast.
The City of Victor Harbor has also recently initiated the program, and the City of Marion, the District Council of Robe and Kingston District Council will soon follow. Several other councils have also expressed interest.
Updates on the Hook, Line and Thinker fishing debris recycling program can be viewed at www.onkaparingacity.com/recyclingrevolution. For further information on the national project go to the website for Natural Resources Adelaide & Mount Lofty