Published On: Thu, Jun 10th, 2021

Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County Offers its June Household Hazardous Waste Tips

~ Got a sinking feeling that your boat might harbor hazards? ~ 

By: Robert S Weinroth

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 Rd) 
    Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM 
    Saturday: 7AM – 3PM 
     
  • West Palm Beach – Home Chemical and Recycling Center 
    6161 N. Jog Road 
    Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM 
    Saturday: 7AM – 5PM  
     
  • Belle Glade – Glades Regional Transfer Station 
    1701 State Road 15 
    Monday – Friday: 7:30AM – 4PM 
     
  • Royal Palm Beach – West Central Transfer Station 
    9743 Weisman Way (formerly Process Way) 
    Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM 
    Saturday: 7AM – 3PM 
     
  • Lantana – Central County Transfer Station 
    1810 Lantana Rd
    Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM 
    Saturday: 7AM – Noon 
     
  • Delray Beach – West – Southwest County Transfer Station 
    13400 S. State Road 7 
    Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM  
    Saturday: 7AM – 3PM  
     
  • Delray Beach – East – South County Transfer Station 
    1901 SW 4th Ave 
    Monday – Friday: 7AM – 5PM 
    Saturday: 7AM – 3PM 

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.

Proper disposal of old or expired hazardous boating items can be a real lifesaver.

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 Rd in West Palm Beach Monday through Friday, from 7AM – 5PM. 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. 

More disposal information for boaters can be found on the SWA website or by calling 561.697.2700 or 866.SWA.INFO (toll-free). 

About the Author

Robert Weinroth - Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. Commissioner Weinroth serves as County Vice-Mayor and has been appointed Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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