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It is illegal to dump plastics anywhere or to discharge garbage in the navigable waters of the United States including the Great Lakes.

  • You must store trash in a container on board and dispose of it on shore.
  • Vessels 26 feet or longer must display, in a prominent location, a durable placard at least 4 by 9 inches that notifies the crew and passengers of the discharge restrictions.
MARPOL trash placard
Garbage Disposal Placard

Littering Prohibited

  • No operator or occupants shall discard litter improperly from any vessel, regardless of intent. No operator shall allow litter to be discarded.
  • No person shall discard litter on land, in a waterway, or on the bank of a waterway where it could be washed into the water.