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Do you have a 406 MHz EPIRB which you are replacing? Or do you have an older 121.5 MHz EPIRB which you don’t know how to dispose of?
Whitsunday Regional Council is encouraging residents to use appropriate methods of discarding old or unwanted emergency beacons and flares.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that the first of the newer 406 MHz EPIRBs was now almost 10 years old and reaching the end of their lives so are beginning to be replaced.
“Please do not place any old EPIRBs in your wheelie bin or recycling bin,” he said.
“All these emergency beacons and flares should be presented to staff at Council’s landfills and transfer stations for disposal free of charge.
“Four EPIRBs were activated at Council’s Kelsey Creek Landfill earlier this week.
“These had been discarded by their owners and had activated whilst being buried at the landfill site.
“Once activated the Australian Marine Safety Authority was alerted and able to carry out verification and a needless rescue mission averted,” Mayor Willcox said.
“Distress flares also present problems and should not be placed in wheelie bins or waste sites.
“If a flare is activated buried deep in the landfill it can cause a fire which is dangerous and costly to extinguish.
“All we ask is that residents present their old or unwanted equipment to staff at the landfills and transfer stations and they will ensure that it is disposed of safely,” he said.