May 18, 2017
The public is invited to Ross Marler Park today, Thursday, May 18th, at 2:00PM for the installation of the first of ten fishing line recycling receptacles to be placed around the county.
Okaloosa County has partnered with the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance to place the receptacles in locations that will encourage anglers of all types to help responsibly dispose of their used fishing line.
Recycled fishing line can be turned into a variety of new products, including artificial reefs for wildlife, plastics for other products, and even carpet. The new carpeting being installed in the Destin – Ft. Walton Beach Airport is made from recycled fishing line.
The receptacles have been hand painted by local wildlife artist Annette Taunton of Freeport. Annette is a lifelong artist who specializes in the wildly diverse flora and fauna of Northwest Florida, making her a natural selection to help turn the receptacles into works of art that will make their locations even more appealing.
County Commission Chairman Carolyn Ketchel, Choctaw Basin Alliance Alison McDowell, and representatives of the Tourism Development Coastal Management Group and County Parks Department will be on hand to install the first of the receptacles.
According to McDowell, “CBA is excited to extend the reach of our fishing line recycling program through this partnership with Okaloosa County. The ten new recycling sites will help prevent wildlife entanglement and plastic pollution and have a positive impact on our local environment.”
Chairman Ketchel said “this is an excellent example of Okaloosa County’s commitment to recycling. Not only have we just expanded to larger recycling trash cans, but the carpet that will be installed at the airport is made from recycled fishing line. I applaud this partnership between Okaloosa County Tourist Development Group and the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance.”