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Posted on: June 1, 2017

[ARCHIVED] SWA’s July Household Hazardous Waste Tip: Got a sinking feeling that your boat might harbor hazards?


When exploring South Florida’s beautiful natural environments, be watchful of what you leave in your wake. Items such as:

  • flares, 
  • fire extinguishers, 
  • deep cycle batteries, 
  • mercury float switches, 
  • fuels and oils, 
  • cleaning products and
  • even boats themselves 

all need to be disposed of properly. 

Fortunately, proper disposal of many harmful boating products is easy and free for Palm Beach County residents. Just bring these items to any of the SWA’s Home Chemical and Recycling Centers listed below, where they will be recycled or disposed of properly.

Entire boats can be disposed in the landfill, 6330 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach, after all of the hazardous materials such as fuel, batteries and flares have been removed by the owner or hauler. The SWA will accept the removed materials from Palm Beach County residents at any of the Home Chemical and Recycling Centers. Commercial interests should call 561-687-1100 for disposal options.

To ensure the boat is hazard-free, SWA Hazardous Waste staff will inspect boats at the Home Chemical and Recycling Center at 6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. SWA Landfill Operations staff will perform inspections outside of these hours. Built-in fuel tanks must be accessible for inspection, but please note that the SWA will not pump fuel from tanks. Disposal rates are based on weight.

Proper disposal of old or expired hazardous boating items can be a real lifesaver. More disposal information for boaters can be found on the SWA website or by calling 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (toll-free).

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