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It's the Law

Discharge of Trash


It is illegal to dump refuse, garbage, or plastics into any federally controlled or state waters. Many forms of litter can kill birds, fish, and marine mammals.

You must store trash in a container while on board and place it in a proper receptacle after returning to shore.

If on federally controlled waters and your vessel is 26 feet or longer, you must display a Garbage Disposal Placard, at least 4 x 9 inches, that states discharge restrictions.

Garbage Chart