Polypipe gets in line to help environmental charity

Plastic piping solutions manufacturer Polypipe Building Products is helping to free waterways of leftover fishing lines.

A team of volunteers from the staff at Polypipe toolmakers Mason Pinder, in Doncaster, worked over a weekend to create more than 100 plastic bins from Polypipe stock which will be used to collect unwanted fishing line across the UK.

The bins have been donated to the Anglers National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS) which distributes them across the country. Discarded lines can pose a serious threat to wildlife around our rivers and lakes or on the coast, and the only previous alternative for disposal was landfill or incineration.

ANLRS ensures that all donated line is safely recycled.

Polypipe Building Products’ Technical Director,  Adrian Bristow, a keen angler, came up with the idea to help the ANLRS. He said: “We were very happy to be able to offer some practical help for this worthy cause.

“At Polypipe we are committed to attaining the very highest standards of sustainability and environmental protection and this donation is a small part of our efforts in 2021. I would like to thank the volunteers who gave up their time to help make this possible in what was a real team effort.”

Viv Shears, co-founder of ANLRS which is funded entirely by donations and run by volunteers, said: “ The support of companies like Polypipe allows us – and our volunteers collecting discarded line – to make a significant impact into the damage that line can cause to wildlife.”

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