Charleston, S.C.— The public is invited to drop off unwanted fishing and boating gear during the Clean Marine disposal days April 24-26 at nine boat landings in Charleston County. Clean Marine is made possible by a $143,344 grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program to the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and is part of a marine debris initiative that also includes removal of abandoned vessels in Charleston Harbor. Partners involved with the grant are S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Charleston County, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, the City of Charleston, The City Marina and many community organizations.
The disposal locations are:
• Charleston City Marina, Lockwood Blvd., Charleston
• Wappoo Cut landing, HWY 171/Folly Rd., James Island
• Folly River landing, Folly Rd., Folly Island
• John P. Limehouse landing, Main Rd., Johns Island
• Cherry Point landing, Cherry Point Rd., Wadmalaw Island
• Dawhoo landing, HWY 174, Edisto Island
• Remley’s Point landing, 5th Ave. off Mathis Ferry Rd., Mt. Pleasant
• Cooper River Marina, Juneau Ave., N. Charleston
• Robert L. Ashley landing, Pinckney St., McClellanville
Dates and times are:
• Friday, April 24 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
• Sunday, April 26 from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
The following items can be dropped off at any of the disposal locations: fishing gear, including monofilament line, nets, fishing rods and reels, tackle boxes, anchors, crab traps and floats; boating gear, including ropes, bumpers, life jackets, buoys and coolers; boat motors (drained of oil and gas); boat batteries; trailer tires; and hazardous household waste, including oil, paint, thinners and solvents (each in a separate sealed container).
Volunteers will be on-site to assist the public with the disposal, separate recyclables and inventory collected items.
In addition, boats and trailers can be taken directly to Bees Ferry landfill for free disposal on Friday, April 24 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. A “Disposal or Change of Address for Watercraft or Outboard Motor” form will be available at each disposal site and also can be downloaded from the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) website. The form must be filled out and submitted to SCDNR.
Items that cannot be dropped off at the disposal locations are gasoline, flares, explosives, firearms and commercial grade hazardous household waste, such as 10 gallon or larger buckets of paint or solvents.