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Stash the trash

FWC reminds you to...

Stash the Trash!

and protect Florida's fish & wildlife.

Discover the dangers and solutions of aquatic debris

Monofilament recycling bin on a dock

Each day debris intentionally or accidently ends up in Florida’s lakes, waterways and marine environments. There is no body of water that does not experience this problem. Bottles, cans, plastic bags and Styrofoam containers and other trash wash in from storm drains and recreational activities on the water and shoreline activities. This unsightly debris is a threat to our fish and wildlife, navigational safety, and to human health.

Growing attention is being placed on the potential health effects to humans from the build-up of microscopic plastic in our food chain. The effects on birds, fish, reptiles and mammals are already well documented. Animals mistake debris for food and ingest it. Over time these items can build up in the digestive system, causing health issues and even death. Entanglement in plastic bags, fishing line or other trash also leads to infection, limb amputation, starvation and death. 

These tragic impacts are largely preventable.

Anybody on the water in a boat of any kind can be part of the problem or part of the solution.

  • Think about preventing this problem when you purchase supplies.
  • Carry trash receptacles on your vessel. You can make your own with easy DIY plans.
  • Pick up debris that you see on the water or shoreline.
  • Find clean-up events on the agency calendar.
  • Use Monofilament Line Recycling Containers at boat ramps around the state.

Debris in aquatic environments can kill or harm wildlife. You can be part of the solution.

Report Entangled Wildlife! Call the FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (888-404-3922). Cellular phone users can also call *FWC or #FWC, or send a text to [email protected].