Get rid of unwanted fishing, boating items

I’m one of those people who has a difficult time parting with things. There’s always the chance I might be need something in the future or be able to repurpose it. That’s especially true with boating and fishing paraphernalia. I frequently rifle through my collection of stainless screws, nuts, bolts and other hardware.

The overall result is that I have a large collection of what some people love to refer to as a pile of junk. Rods with broken guides. Reels that lost the war against corrosion. Old tackle boxes. Cracked coolers. An old outboard motor that couldn’t be fixed. At one time there even was an old boat I couldn’t bear to trash.

Occasionally, there comes a time when you have to say goodbye and part with some of those potential treasures. Some of those treasures are things you simply can’t put out with the trash. You have to find a proper way to dispose of them.

And that time is coming up next weekend with Clean Marine disposal days, an event put on thanks to a $143,344 grant from the NOAA Marine Debris Program to the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium. It is part of a marine debris initiative that also includes removal of abandoned vessels in Charleston Harbor. Partners include the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control — Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission, city of Charleston, the City Marina and many community organizations. Contact EV Bell at (843) 953-2078, ev.bell@scseagrant.org or visit scseagrant.org/cleanmarine.

Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the public can drop off unwanted fishing and boat gear at nine area boat landings.

Disposal locations are: Charleston City Marina, Wappoo Cut landing, Folly River landing; Limehouse landing, Cherry Point landing, Dawhoo landing, Remley’s Point landing, Cooper River Marina and Robert L. Ashley landing in McClellanville. Hours are noon-6 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

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).

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.

In addition, boats and trailers can be taken directly to Bees Ferry landfill for free disposal from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 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 at dnr.sc.gov. The form must be filled out and submitted to SCDNR.

Now is the time for a good spring cleaning. Look through your garage or wherever you keep your collection of “stuff” and reduce your inventory. You might even discover a few forgotten treasures or make room for a few more.