TILGHMAN ISLAND, Md.- The first of 10 new fishing line recycling bins has been installed on Tilghman Island.
In the past, fishermen have bundled up their old fishing line and thrown it in the rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. Mike Newnam, the man behind the new recycling stations says it is part of a larger project started by the Boat US Foundation.
"We happened to read about it and thought it would be an ideal solution because there is so much waterfront in Talbot County and 27 public landings."
Buddy Harrison, who owns the land the first recycling station sits on says it's a great idea.
"On fishing rods, there's several hundred feet of line on each rod and they'd just take it off the reel and throw it in the water. And it was dangerous for the fish life." He said. "Everybody now can take their line off of their reels, and bring it in and deposit it here."
The bin on Tilghman Island is already filling up, and Newnam says he's glad to hear it. He says when he was putting the bin in place, a fishing boat captain told him people would not throw their lines in. A prediction Newnam says he is glad to see proved wrong.