Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Department of Environmental Protection
* DEP Home * About DEP * Programs * Contact * Site Map * Search

Resources for:
Subscribe to DEP News & Info

Unless indicated, documents on this Web site are Adobe Acrobat files, and require the free reader software.

Get Adobe Reader Icon

Employ Florida - Help Finding A Job button

Florida has a right to know button

Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse button

Policy & Budget Recommendations button

Press Office
CONTACT: Terri Durdaller, (850) 245-2112 or (850) 519-2897 (cell)

Ammunitions Collection Event Makes Environmental Stewardship Easy

~DEP, SWIX and Shoot Straight Tampa partner to dispose of more than 530 pounds of old or unwanted ammunition~

TAMPA - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) along with the Southern Waste Information eXchange, Inc. (SWIX), the State Fire Marshal’s Office and Shoot Straight Tampa collected more than 530 pounds of old or unwanted ammunition last weekend at an ammunitions collection event in Tampa. This marked the fourth year DEP has co-sponsored the event, but the first time it was held in the Tampa area.

“Improper disposal of ammunition has potential environmental, health and safety risks,” said Mary Jean Yon, Director of DEP’s Division of Waste Management. “This event made it easy for hunters and other residents to safely remove potentially dangerous ammunition from their homes and prevent it from ending up in Florida’s landfills.”

The proper disposal of old or unwanted ammunition can save lives by preventing it from getting into the hands of young children and can also help protect the environment by keeping lead and other contaminants from seeping into the groundwater.

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 he had in his home. Tallahassee has hosted events for four years.

“I realized that a mechanism is needed where people can dispose of old and unwanted ammunition in an appropriate manner,” Jones said. “We have experienced a lot of success over the last three years, collecting nearly 5,000 pounds of old and/or unwanted ammunition in just Tallahassee alone. We were pleased to be able to provide this collection event in the Tampa area with funding assistance from DEP.”

Items that were collected from 31 participants include: 127 pounds of shotgun shells, 139 pounds of bullets, 250 pounds of flares and 12 pounds of gun powder and black powder.

DEP and SWIX may be holding other ammunitions collection events around the state later this year. For more information about the Ammunitions Collection Events, contact SWIX at 1-800-441-7949 or e-mail info@swix.ws.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is the state’s principal environmental agency, created to protect, conserve and manage Florida’s environment and natural resources. DEP enforces federal and state environmental laws, protects Florida’s air and water quality, cleans up pollution, regulates solid waste management, promotes pollution prevention and acquires environmentally-sensitive lands for preservation. The agency also maintains a statewide system of parks, trails and aquatic preserves.

For more information on solid waste disposal and recycling, please visit DEP’s Web site at www.dep.state.fl.us/waste. Images from the event available upon request.

Ammunition collection tent

"Improper disposal of ammunition has potential environmental, health and safety risks."

Mary Jean Yon
Director of DEP's Division of Waste Management



Last updated: March 29, 2010

   3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 49   Tallahassee, Florida 32399 | 850-245-2118 (phone) / 850-245-2128 (fax) |  Email DEP 
DEP Home | About DEP  | Contact Us | Search |  Site Map