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The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships places limitations on the discharge of garbage from vessels. It is illegal to dump refuse, garbage, or plastics into any state or federally controlled waters. Many forms of litter can kill birds, fish, and marine mammals. The Alabama Code of Law states that discharging trash into public waters is criminal littering with a minimum fine of $250.

  • You must store trash in a container while on board and place it in a proper receptacle after returning to shore.
  • If boating on federally controlled waters and your vessel is 26 feet or longer, you must display a Garbage Disposal Placard in a prominent location. The Garbage Disposal Placard is a durable sign that is at least 4 x 9 inches and notifies passengers and crew about discharge restrictions.
MARPOL trash placard

Garbage Disposal Placard