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Recycling Monofilament Line to Make a Difference for Our Wildlife NORTH CAROLINA BIG SWEEP STATEWIDE HEADQUARTERS PO Box 126, Zebulon, NC 27597-0126 Email.

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1 Recycling Monofilament Line to Make a Difference for Our Wildlife NORTH CAROLINA BIG SWEEP STATEWIDE HEADQUARTERS PO Box 126, Zebulon, NC Phone (919) ; Fax (919) ; Website

2 Quick Background Who is North Carolina Big Sweep? Why focus on monofilament line?

3 Who is North Carolina Big Sweep? Originally founded in 1987 as Beach Sweep by State employees to retrieve unsightly, harmful litter along NC coastline 1989 expanded inland, renamed Big Sweep, becoming the nation’s first statewide waterway litter cleanup 2002 changed mission from litter-free waters to litter-free environment because litter travels from land to our waterways

4 Why focus on monofilament line recycling? 1. Marina participation brings positive publicity to them. 2. Recycling monofilament line gives it a second life as a fishing tackle box (for example). 3. Litter is ugly and lasts a long time in our environment. Monofilament line lasts up to 600 years in our environment. 4. It fouls boat motors, stranding boaters. 5. It can be deadly to wildlife.

5 ICC Global Animal Entanglement History International Coastal Cleanup 27 Years of Entangled Wildlife Found, Debris TypeAmphibiansBirdsCorals and SpongesFishInvertebratesMammalsReptilesTotal Debris Items Beverage Bottles Beverage Cans Crab, Lobster, & Fish Traps Fishing Hooks Fishing Line Fishing Nets Plastic Bags Ribbon/ String Rope Pack Holders Plastic Straps Wire Other Debris Total Source: Ocean Conservancy

6 What’s Involved? 1. Obtain commitments from marinas THEY MUST COMMIT TO REGULARLY MAINTAINING BINS, RECYCLING THE MONOFILAMENT LINE COLLECTED, KEEPING RECORDS ON THE AMOUNT RECYCLED AND FORWARDING THAT DATA TO YOU, ACTING AS A SPOKESPERSON FOR MONOFILAMENT LINE RECYCLING 2. Produce and install 4” monofilament line recycling containers KUDOS TO FLORIDA FOR INITIAL CREATION OF THESE CONTAINERS! 3. Don’t forget public awareness! Encourage fishermen to recycle the monofilament fishing line. Ribbon cuttings still draws attention. Post on Facebook. Distribute press releases to local print media. Mention it on your website. 4. Obtain data from the marinas on how much monofilament line was recycled at each site

7 The “Nuts and Bolts” of the Project

8 Assembling Monofilament Line Recycling Containers 1.4” PVC pipe (10 ft. length cut into 3 or 4 pieces) 2.Put PVC glue on both 4” PVC elbow and pipe and put them together QUICKLY. It dries fast! 3.Put PVC glue on 4” PVC female threaded adapter and the other end of the pipe and put them together QUICKLY. 4.Screw 4” PVC threaded male plug into the 4” PVC female adapter. DON’T use glue on this step! 5.Position instruction label on the pipe where it is not in the way of straps used to attach it to a post. (See photo.) Marina’s Contact for Recycling Monofilament Line: BERKLEY RECYCLING COLLECTION CENTER th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa Phone: (713) or Berkely

9 Determining Your Success 1. Number of participating marinas (e.g. target: 15, actual: 15) 2. Amount recycled (e.g. target: each marina collect at least one box of monofilament line) 3. Number of newspaper articles (e.g. target: minimum one per county, actual: 3 of 6 counties had NP articles; TV coverage in all 6 counties) 4. Number of Facebook posts (e.g. target: minimum 15, actual: 15) 5. Number of people reached (e.g. target: 50,000, actual: 158,167)

10 Photos of Some Participating Marinas in NC Big Sweep Project

11 Participating Marinas Southport Marina Washington Waterfront Docks Northwest Creek Marina Seapath Yacht Club Deaton Yacht Service& Sales Radio Island Marina Club Town Creek Marina Cape Fear Marina Duke University Marine Laboratory Masonboro Yacht Club & Marina New Bern Grand Marina Grace Harbor/River Dunes

12 Notable Quotes “Our livelihood, our homes, everything depends on the water. We like to keep our river clean.” Tricia Bennett, Cape Fear Marina president “We don’t like litter in the park.” Teresa Hamilton, City of Washington, NC, senior adminstrative support specialist “It’s a good thing for the marine industry to do. We’re glad to be a part of it.” Chris Brock, Seapath Yacht Club dockmaster “We’re green. We want to recycle everything.” Paul Schornak, Northwest Creek Marina dockmaster “We’re doing this because we want to protect wildlife. We’re glad to be a part of it.” Sharon Johnson Olde Towne Yacht Club manager “It’s the best thing for our earth to recycle fishing line. I recycle everything at home.” Jim Sproul, Radio Island Marina Club service coordinator “Recycling fishing line keeps people from throwing it in the water.” David Christopher, Masonboro Yacht Club & Marina manager

13 NORTH CAROLINA BIG SWEEP statewide headquarters: 142 East Vance Street, PO Box 126, Zebulon, NC Website: Facebook: North Carolina Big Sweep Big Sweep Contact: Judy Bolin Phone: (919) Fax: (919) BERKLEY RECYCLING COLLECTION CENTER th Street, Spirit Lake, Iowa Phone: (713) or Berkely Contact Info:


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