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It's the Law

Discharge of Trash


It is illegal to dump refuse, garbage, or plastics into federally controlled and state waters.

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, you must display a 4 x 9-inch placard (sign) on any vessel 26 feet or longer. It must notify passengers and crew about discharge restrictions.

Missouri Law Regarding Glass Containers and Trash

The following restrictions apply to any vessel that is easily susceptible to swamping, tipping, or rolling (such as a canoe, kayak, or inner tube) and is carrying foodstuffs or beverages while operating on any of Missouri’s navigable waterways. Navigable waterways means any navigable river, lake, or other body of water.

No one may have or use glass containers within a vessel (prescribed drugs are excepted).

All persons using a cooler, icebox, or containers other than glass for foodstuffs and beverages must:

  • Ensure that the container is sealed to prevent the contents from spilling into the water.
  • Affix to the vessel a container or bag, capable of being securely closed, to contain their trash.
  • Transport all of their trash to a place where the materials may be disposed of safely and lawfully.
  • Safely secure any glass containers to prevent breaking or falling overboard.