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Drop off Unwanted Boating and Fishing Gear during Clean Marine May 12-14, 2016

Apr 26, 2016

What do a busted trailer tire, a dead boat battery and an unseaworthy boat have in common? They are all items that should be disposed of properly to keep our waterways healthy and safe.

The Clean Marine Disposal Event is set for May 12-14 at boat landings, marinas and marine-related businesses. People can bring most marine-related debris to the drop-off locations, including batteries, buoys, coolers, crab traps, cushions, motors and monofilament fishing line. Items that will not be accepted include firearms, flares, gas, propane and commercial grade hazardous household waste.

Volunteers will be at the following drop-off sites from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. May 12-14:

• The Palmetto Store, 10086 N. Highway 17, McClellanville
• Sewee Outpost, 4853 N. Highway 17, Awendaw
• Charleston Boat Emporium, 2686 Highway 41, Mount Pleasant
• Charleston City Marina, 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston
• Wappoo Cut Landing, Folly Road at Wappoo Cut bridge, Charleston
• Folly Landing, Center Street at Folly River bridge, Folly Beach
• W.O. Thomas Landing, Bridge View Drive at Ashley River, North Charleston
• Charleston Sail and Power Squadron, 1376 Orange Grove Road, Charleston
• The Edistonian General Store, 406 Highway 174, Edisto Island

The event also offers the opportunity to get rid of old boats and trailers that might have been sitting unused in garages or yards for years. Charleston County residents who can haul boats and trailers to the Bees Ferry Landfill won’t have to pay the tipping fee usually required for those large items during the event. Boats and trailers will be accepted for free disposal between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. May 12-13 and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on May 14 at 1344 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston.

“The Clean Marine Disposal Event is a unique stewardship effort that helps prevent marine debris,” said E.V. Bell, marine education specialist at the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium. “By having the public drop off their unwanted items, we reduce the risk that these things might end up in our coastal waterways. This will, in turn, help to protect our wildlife and habitats.”

Last year, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, using grant funds from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Debris Program, removed nearly 78 tons of debris from waterways, garages and storage units in the Charleston area. A targeted derelict vessel removal effort plucked 10 abandoned vessels weighing about 68 tons from local waterways last summer. Another 9.8 tons of smaller debris such as boat batteries, fishing gear and marine paints and solvents were dropped off in a weekend Clean Marine Disposal Event at local boat landings.

With grant funds from the NOAA Marine Debris Program, the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and SCDHEC’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management partner with Charleston County, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, the City of Charleston, the City Marina and many community organizations to get the work done.