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Discharge of Trash

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

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

You must display, in a prominent location, a durable placard (sign) at least 4 x 9 inches on any vessel 26 feet or longer. It must notify passengers and crew about the discharge restrictions of the Marine Pollution Act (MARPOL). Obtain a placard from a marine supply store or from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Marine Debris Information Office, 1725 DeSales Street N.W., Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.

To help keep our waters clean:

  • Carry a trash container on your vessel and empty it into a trash receptacle on shore.
  • Make sure no trash or plastics are discarded overboard.
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