The Impact on the Environment
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.
Osprey photos: © Idaho Department of Fish and Game