Projects

  • ​River catchment project
  • ​operation clean sweep
  • ​education
  • ​fishing line bins

​Discarded fishing material (nets, mono filament line, and Cray fish trap anchor ropes) is responsible for damage to marine life. What makes it especially dangerous is that it cuts into the skin and flesh of larger mammals (i.e. seals).  The material is also dangerous for human swimmers and boating as it can damage propellers of boats.  By increasing public awareness about the negative impact of fishing line debris on marine life, water quality, and human welfare, the project’s goal is to reduce the amount of fishing line entering and remaining in the marine environment.

Plastics SA, the Dyer Island Conservation Trust and the Wildlife and Environmental Society of Southern Africa (WESSA)​, DPI Plastics and the South African Plastics Pipe Makers Association (SAPPMA) are building a nationwide network of monofilament recycling locations to make proper disposal of fishing line more accessi​ble.

As a result of the success of the Fishing Line Bin project, more than 386 bins can now be found at most of the popular angling beaches around  South Africa’s coastline, with plans to extend this number to 500 reaching as far afield as Mozambique. More than 350 kg’s of discarded fishing line have already been removed, some of which has been recycled into bush cutters line. In excess of 500 fishing hooks have also been retrieved from these bins.

In order to introduce the project to communities and raise awareness about the dangers of carelessly discarded fishing line and other plastics to the marine environment, Plastics|SA and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust will be embarking on a special roadshow from Cape Agulhas to the East London Aquarium between the 12th and 16th of August 2019.  

Sponsors of this roadshow will be Petco, MacNeil Plastics and Volkswagen SA.  

Who should get involved:  Marinas, Fishing Clubs, Local Organisations, concerned citizens

Volunteer to install and maintain a monofilament recycling location.  We will, with kind donation from DPI plastics provide you with your own monofilament recycling bin.

  • Install the bin in a high traffic fishing area and regularly maintain it, separate any collected material and send the collected line to Plastics SA for processing.
  • Track the amount of line you collect through our online database.

Where:   A high traffic fishing area in your area (marinas, boat launches, parks, etc.)

Interested?
Plastics SA is happy to provide a bin and signage for bins. Email us and let us know how many bins you need and where we can send them.

Where to Send Collected Line?
Plastics SA, P.O. Box 1137, Sun Valley 7985