Collection Event Keeps Unwanted Ammunition and Flares Out of Landfills

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, in partnership with the Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX), the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Kevin’s Guns and Sporting Goods collected more than 250 pounds of old or unwanted ammunition and flares this past weekend at an ammunitions collection event in Tallahassee. This marked the eighth year the Department has co-sponsored the event.

“Improper disposal of unwanted ammunition and flares has potential environmental, health and safety risks,” said Jorge Caspary, Director of the Department’s Division of Waste Management. “This event makes it easy for hunters, boaters and other residents to safely manage potentially dangerous ammunition and old flares and prevent them from ending up in Florida’s landfills.”

Gene Jones, Executive Director of SWIX, first proposed holding a pilot collection event in 2005 in Tallahassee, after he was unable to find a place to properly and safely dispose of some old ammunition that he had in his home. Tallahassee has hosted events for eight years.

“I realized that a mechanism is needed where people can dispose of old and unwanted ammunition, flares and fireworks in an appropriate manner,” said Jones. “We have experienced a lot of success over the last eight years, collecting slightly over 6,700 pounds of old and/or unwanted ammunition just in Tallahassee alone. We were pleased to be able to provide this collection event with funding assistance from DEP.”

Items that were collected from event participants included: 62 pounds of shotgun shells, 120 pounds of bullets, 40 pounds of roadside and boat flares, and 30 pounds of gun powder powder and fireworks.

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