Twine Recycling


Recycle Your Baling Twine

In 2012 the Fort Collins Conservation District started a baling twine recycling program in response to a landowner asking if the twine was recyclable. There is no need to burn, bury, or throw the twine in a landfill when it is 100% recyclable. This website was created, thanks to a Colorado State Conservation Board Matching Grant, to share what we have learned. We are here to assist everyone in recycling their twine or in starting their own recycling program.

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Why Recycle?

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: Copyright © Idaho Department of Fish and Game

Our Supporters

This website and the 2016 expansion of the Fort Collins Conservation District’s twine recycling program are funded by a Colorado State Conservation Board Matching Grant.

The Contributors to the Matching Funds