Boater Info.

6/9/21

Solid Waste Authority (SWA) 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 (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.

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

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 website or by calling 561-697-2700 or 866-SWA-INFO (toll-free).