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Posted on: June 22, 2022

SWA’s June Household Hazardous Waste Tip ~ Got a sinking feeling that your boat might harbor hazards

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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 (HCRC) listed below, where they will be recycled or disposed of properly.

The SWA’s locations include (from north county to south county):

  • Jupiter
    North County Transfer Station
    14185 N. Military Trail (SWA Road) in Jupiter
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

  • West Palm Beach
    Home Chemical and Recycling Center
    6161 N. Jog Road in West Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

 

  • Belle Glade
    Glades Regional Transfer Station
    1701 State Road 15 in Belle Glade
    Monday - Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

  • Royal Palm Beach
    West Central Transfer Station
    9743 Weisman Way (formerly Process Way) in Royal Palm Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

  • Lantana
    Central County Transfer Station
    1810 Lantana Road in Lantana
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.

 

  • Delray Beach – West
    Southwest County Transfer Station
    13400 S. State Road 7 in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

  • Delray Beach – East
    South County Transfer Station
    1901 SW 4th Ave. in Delray Beach
    Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Commercial interests should call 561-687-1100 for disposal options.

In the last fiscal year, Palm Beach County residents safely disposed of or recycled more than 4.9M pounds of home chemicals. This included more than:

  • 557,000 pounds of oils
  • 230,400 pounds of cylinders, including fire extinguishers
  • 95,000 pounds of fuels 
  • 85,000 pounds of batteries, including deep cycle batteries
  • 45,000 pounds of cleaning products
  • 300 pounds of flares
  • and mercury float switches

 

Entire boats can be disposed of in the landfill at 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 removed materials are accepted at any of the HCRC locations listed above. To ensure the boat is hazard-free, SWA Hazardous Waste staff will inspect boats at the Home Chemical and Recycling Center located 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 resident should note that the SWA will not pump fuel from tanks. Disposal rates are based on weight. SWA staff cannot assist with offloading boats from trailers.

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’s website or by calling 561-697-2700.

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