Pipe firm lines up to help environmental charity

A plastic piping solutions manufacturer has pitched in to keep the UK’s waterways free of leftover fishing line by donating 100 plastic pipe bins.

A team of volunteers from the staff at Polypipe Building Products’ toolmakers Mason Pinder, in Doncaster, worked over a weekend to create more the 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’s technical director and keen angler Adrian Bristow came up with the idea that the company could help.

He said: “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 incredible donation from Polypipe has allowed us to make more pipe bins available and the funds raised from their sale will all be put back into the scheme allowing us to expand even further.

“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.”