Overview of Pollutant Disposal Laws
It is illegal to discharge sewage, oil, or garbage into any Canadian waters. This is for very good reasons.
- Sewage carries disease and other pollutants that are harmful to people, aquatic plants, and animals.
- Garbage thrown into the water can injure swimmers and wildlife alike. It also can plug engine cooling water intakes.
- Pollution is unsightly and takes away from your enjoyment of the water.
Pleasure craft operators need to be aware of the following regulations for sewage, oil, and garbage disposal in Canadian waters. The Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations prohibit throwing, discharging, or depositing any pollutants into Canadian waters.