Imagine powering lights in your home with an old, ripped fishing net, broken lobster trap or busted buoy. According to an article in the Gloucester Times, that’s really happening.

Through a program called Fishing for Energy, the gear is collected in Gloucester and Rockport, Massachusetts, and trucked to Covanta’s Waste-to-Energy facility in Haverhill, where most of it — and other trash— is converted to energy while metal is collected and recycled. It’s a way to clear the deck, so to speak, for commercial fishermen looking for a cost-free method of disposing of old, unused fishing gear, as well as derelict gear that can pose a threat to marine life.

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