Hazardous waste pose a threat to the
environment if they are improperly disposed into the water or air, or onto
the ground. Typical hazardous wastes generated by boaters include solvent paint
waste, used batteries, mercury containing bilge pump switches, used oil,
old gasoline and out of date flares.
Dispose of hazardous waste properly.
ACTIONS YOU CAN TAKE:
Place ignitable paint waste and old gasoline in
closed containers so the waste does not escape into the air or create
a fire hazard.
Used oil should be put into a closed
container that will not fill with rain and overflow into the water or onto the
ground. Many service stations and automotive repair shops will provide free
disposal of up to five gallons. For more
information call 1-800-741-4337, based on zip code, a list of locations for
free oil disposal is provided.
Trade in a used battery for a possible credit toward
a replacement battery.
Out of date flares that have not been exposed to
water or have other damage may be kept on the boat as long as the
Coast Guard required number of in date flares are also onboard.
When possible, use paints that are not solvent
based. Buy bilge pump switches that do not contain mercury.