Fishing Line and Lead Recycling Program

Why the concern?

Anchorage has several local lakes and creeks that offer fishing for salmon, rainbow trout, and Dolly Varden which is a great outdoor activity.  Unfortunately, along with fishing often comes the improper disposal of monofilament line, lead weights, and hooks.  These items often cause injury or are a death sentence for birds, fish, and other wildlife.  VIDEO: "Left behind fishing line can be deadly for birds" 9-7-21


Recycling Monofilament Fishing Line:

In 2015, with a matching grant from the Anchorage Parks Foundation and an Eagle Scout project by Kyler Ince,  AWC was able to place monofilament collection bins at 21 popular fishing locations.  The response to the program has been phenomenal with a considerable amount of fishing line collected and recycled. This spring, the Alaska Conservation Foundation granted additional funding to upgrade and deploy recycling bins.   The new bins will be installed in June and July.  Locations include: Jewel Lake, Cheney Lake, DeLong Lake, Taku Lake, Sand Lake, Little Campbell Lake, Ship Creek, Campbell Creek, and Glacier Creek. 

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Kyler Ince at Jewel Lake with recycling bin

Recycling Lead Tackle

Under construction.