Hook Line and Thinker

Fishing debris recycling program

Fishing litter harms our wildlife and pollutes our rivers and oceans as:

  • it is strong and doesn’t degrade, lasting up to 600 years in the environment
  • it is clear or light coloured, so is difficult for both people and wildlife to see
  • wildlife can strangle or starve to death after becoming entangled or ingesting fishing line.

The City of Onkaparinga, in collaboration with Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges undertook a pilot program in 2013 to capture and recycle unwanted fishing debris. The Hook, Line and Thinker program aims to capture marine litter at popular fishing spots, before it ends up in metropolitan waters, where it causes significant damage to the fragile ecology of our aquatic environment.

With the success of this trial, we have installed additional Hook, Line and Thinker bins and other South Australian councils including the Cities of Holdfast Bay, Tea Tree Gully and Victor harbor have installed fishing debris bins across their regions.

Find out more about collection results

What can go in them?

Items that can be safely disposed of include fishing plastics such as old line and netting, sinkers, hooks and lures. Other items such as bait and packaging still need to be deposited in general or recycling bins.

Plastic fishing debris collected in the new bins will be recycled at a plastics processing plant and turned into a range of plastic materials. Metals are also recycled.

So be a responsible fisher.

  • Don’t leave your line behind.
  • Replace your fishing line before it becomes brittle.
  • Cast your line with care – away from foraging birds or other wildlife.
  • Pick up any discarded fishing line you find.

Bin locations

Fishing debris bins are located at:

  • Aldinga Beach Boat Ramp
  • Market Square, Old Noarlunga
  • Onkaparinga causeway (end of Wearing Street), Port Noarlunga
  • O’Sullivan Beach Boat Ramp
  • Perry’s Bend, Noarlunga Downs;
  • Port Noarlunga Jetty
  • River Road / New Road intersection, Port Noarlunga
  • Sellicks Beach Boat Ramp
  • Silver Sands Beach Boat Ramp
  • Weatherald Terrace, Port Noarlunga South.

Click here to see bin locations

Updates on the Fishing Debris Recycling Program can be obtained by emailing mail@onkaparinga.sa.gov.au

Further information about the national marine debris project can be found at www.amlrnrm.sa.gov.au 

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