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Baling Twine
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⚠️ As of January 1, 2021, we will be suspending payments to youth groups for baling twine. Waste-Not Recycling in Johnstown, Colorado, will continue to accept twine, but they will not make any payments and they will not transport twine. As we transition the program to a more efficient model, we will continue to maintain the website and respond to email submissions through our Contact Us page.

Why Recycle?

Most of the baling twine used in rural areas ends up in a landfill. Much of it accumulates on landowners’ property or is burned. It is unsafe to burn the polypropylene twine due to the toxic fumes emitted.

The Impact on Animals

Wildlife and livestock can ingest baling twine and become seriously ill or die. Twine poses an especially deadly strangling hazard to birds. Researchers have reported that baling twine is responsible for entangling and killing around ten percent of osprey chicks annually in some states.

An osprey entagled in baling twine and dangling from its nest.
A close-up of the osprey entagled in baling twine.

Osprey photos: Copyright © Idaho Department of Fish and Game