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Now that I have all new lead-free tackle, is there an easy and safe way to get rid of a bag of lead tackle? I know I can walk into any Lowes store with old light bulbs and drop them right in a receptacle. Is there a similar program through, for example, Cabela's or Fleet Farm?
We're glad to hear you are now fishing lead-free! Through our Get the Lead Out program, we are encouraging all anglers to replace their lead tackle with alternatives, because lead tackle is a significant cause of death to Minnesota's state bird, the common loon.
Right now, the best place to safely dispose of your old lead tackle is at your county’s hazardous waste collection site. Visit your county's hazardous waste web site for drop off hours. All household hazardous waste sites collection sites accept lead tackle for recycling into batteries.
“As part of our growing efforts, our Get the Lead Out program is also working with local partners to host more lead tackle collection events at various locations across the state, such as at Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth,” explains Kelly Amoth, a Get the Lead Out program coordinator from MPCA. Keep an eye on Get the Lead Out’s Facebook and Instagram pages for when these collection events may be happening near you!