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The Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships places limitations on the discharge of garbage from vessels in federal waters. Mississippi Ordinance No. 10.003 places similar restrictions on Mississippi marine waters. 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.

  • You must store trash in a container on board and place it in a proper receptacle after returning to shore.
  • If boating on federal 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