Disposal of old style EPIRB

Submitted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:30
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Hi Folks,
Are there any protocols to be observed? Are there any legislated requirements?
Jon W
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Reply By: Member - John T (Tamworth NSW) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:36

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:36
G'day Jon

Not sure about Qld but here in NSW we are able to dispose of all old 121.5 / 243 Mhz EPIRB's by just taking them to any Battery World shop and placing them in the box provided.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (Toowoomba QLD) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:38

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:38
John,
Many thanks.
I check that out.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (Toowoomba QLD) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:46

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:46
John,
Same deal here in QLD.
Thanks again.
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Reply By: obee1212 - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:43

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:43
I pulled mine open and kept the batteries and the rest went in the bin.

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Follow Up By: Member - Jon W (Toowoomba QLD) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:47

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 16:47
Thanks.
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:12

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:12
I'll keep mine in the OKA alongside the new one.
The 121.5 signal is still useful as a homing signal when they are trying to find you from the air, but won't get an initial search happening. So it might be useful and I will keep it 'till the battery is flat.

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Reply By: Member - Fred B (NT) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:27

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:27
Battery World have the national contract for collection/disposal of old epirbs. Recently there was one dumped in a tip just outside Darwin. During burial it was set off. Aircraft kept reporting receiving distress signals. Took a week for the SES to locate it, then dispose of correctly. It cost it's previous owner $1000.00 in fines for incorrect disposal. The judge threatened to make him pay for the search costs. He was very lucky to get away with a $1000.00 fine.

It is illegal to "bin"them, that's why the national disposal system (free to you) was put in place.
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Reply By: Lex M (Brisbane) - Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:35

Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 17:35
Look here

http://beacons.amsa.gov.au/batteries_and_disposal.asp
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