Back to top

Fishing for Energy Partnership Announces Bin Program 2020 Request for Proposals

APRIL 13, 2020 — Last week the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the Bin Program 2020 Request for Proposals from the Fishing for Energy partnership.

Large trash bin.
Fishing for Energy gives fishers a place to dispose of old, derelict, or unusable fishing gear. Image credit: NFWF.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is pleased to be part of this collaboration, along with NFWF, Covanta, and Schnitzer Steel. The Fishing for Energy partnership facilitates the proper disposal of retired and derelict commercial fishing gear for recycling and for energy conversion at select ports across the United States, reducing the amount of derelict fishing gear in and around our coastal waterways.

Under the new model, the Fishing for Energy Bin Program will now provide small financial awards to grantees to meet their disposal costs, and then renew these awards as needed. These adjustments will allow for new locations to be added and will increase the amount of gear that can be collected and recycled.

Grants will target U.S. coastal communities’ waters. Priority will be given to maintain existing Fishing for Energy bin ports with the potential to add additional ports, funds permitting. The deadline for full proposals is Thursday, April 30, 2020. 

The full announcement can be found at:

For more information, please contact

Return to OR&R Weekly.

Last updated Friday, September 18, 2020 12:25pm PDT