AN innovative community project has been set up in Weymouth to help anglers and beach litter-pickers safely dispose of fishing tackle and hooks.

New 'Line Pipe Bins' have been strategically placed along the local coastline for people to deposit angling debris, which is then recycled.

The bins are made from recycled lengths of pipe and have been 'adopted' by volunteers from an environmentally-minded community group, ‘Paws on Weymouth Beaches & Open Spaces,' which has been overseeing the project, thanks to funding from Litterfree Coast & Sea.

Jane Fuhrmann, a member of Paws on Weymouth Beaches & Open Spaces, said: "We all know the damage fishing line can do to our wildlife - our members collect it daily from our shores, often with dangerous hooks attached.

"Up until now the option has been to dispose of it in a bin where it ends up being incinerated, or sent to landfill where it continues to be a risk. To be able to depose of the waste responsibly and have it recycled into functional items is really positive."

The waste is being be sent for recycling with help from the Angler’s National Line Recycling Scheme (ANLRS), which has brought the scheme to other seaside towns. It is estimated that about 400 million metres of line get discarded each year.

Weymouth's pipe bins have been made by a local volunteer, Dave Taylor, who wanted to help tackle the concerning levels of angling waste left on local beaches and The Fleet.

“So many community projects have been cancelled due to Covid," Mr Taylor said. "It was great to help 'Paws on Weymouth Beaches' get this excellent initiative up and running.”

The pipes can be found at various locations across Weymouth and Portland, from Bowleaze Cove to Chesil Cove.

Most items of angling waste can be added including small amounts of rope and fishing net, and anglers are encouraged to support the project by joining Paws on Weymouth Beaches & Open Spaces on Facebook.

Originally set up as a group of environmentally concerned dog walkers and now extended to anyone concerned about paws, claws, beaks or sea life at risk, the group is focused on being proactive in finding solutions to the issues they encounter on daily litter picks.