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EXAMPLE : Garbage Management Report

Waste Management Plans U.S. recreational and commercial vessels 40 feet or more in length equipped with sleeping quarters (berths) and a galley are required to carry a Waste Management Plan if the vessel operates, or is certified to operate, beyond 3 nautical miles from shore. A Waste Management Plan must be written; must mention WHO is in charge (captain, mate etc) of seeing the collection, storage and legal disposal of garbage is all done Legally. This is not like the placards they sell about oily discharge or the marpol placard about plastics etc, this is an additional requirement. I redo it on a yearly basis and sign a dated copy, keep it in the folder with other ships papers (documentation, VHF License, EPRIB Registration)

UPDATE 12-17-99 (bold emphasis mine ) just found this on the web at tm

USCG STATION FORT PIERCE J. W. KRZENSKI, CWO2, USCG COMMANDING OFFICER 12/15/97 Maritime Environmental Regulations U.S. vessels 40 feet or larger, and which operate beyond three miles, and have a galley and berthing, or engage in commerce, must have a waste management plan posted and keep records of garbage discharges and disposals. A person who violates any of the above requirements is liable for a civil penalty of up to $25,000, a fine of up to $50,000, and imprisonment for up to five years for each violation. Note that regional, state, and local restrictions on garbage restrictions also may apply.

so here is my example, modify it for your use as you see fit; ____________________________________________

1999 Garbage Management Report

The Captain shall instruct all passengers that no garbage is allowed overboard. Garbage shall be deposited in the containers provided in the cockpit. The Captain and crew shall see all garbage removed from vessel is lawfully disposed of ashore.

Used oil and filters shall be separated from other trash and be lawfully disposed of at a licensed oil recycling center.

Ships batteries shall be separated from other trash and lawfully be disposed of at a licensed battery retailer/recycler.

No human biological (septic) waste shall be disposed of overboard. No toilet shall be installed that is capable of discharge out a thru hull fitting. Human septic waste shall be lawfully disposed of ashore.

~your signature~ ~the date~


This plan was asked for and accepted by the only Coast Guard inspection officer that ever asked for it. We used porta-pottys for toilets so you will need to modify that section to suit your classification of MSD. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


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MARPOL Waste Management Plans


Written waste management plans do not have to be complicated. They just need to include the following:

procedures used for collecting, processing, storing and discharging the vessel's garbage properly (in accordance with MARPOL Annex V laws), and the name of the person in charge of carrying out the plan.

It is desirable, but not mandatory, to also mention how crew and passengers are educated to the plan since the regulations say that the vessel shall not be operated unless each person handling garbage follows the waste management plan.


The regulations were published in the Federal Register on May 2, 1990. For more information, call 1-800-368-5647, reference 33 CFR 151.



Waste Management Plan for (Vessel Name):


Person in Charge:


Solid Waste Management Procedures:

All vessel refuse is put in garbage bags which are stored on board until they can be disposed of in dumpsters on shore. This policy is reviewed with all crew members.


Waste Management Plan for (Vessel Name):


Person in Charge:


Solid Waste Management Procedures:

All the garbage generated on the vessel is put in a garbage bag and disposed of in the trash containers at the harbor at the end of each trip (or is given to the tender vessel to take ashore for disposal).

All crew members have been oriented to the requirements of MARPOL Annex V by the captain and all new crew are specifically shown the MARPOL V placard and told to keep all refuse stowed on board. Passenger orientation to the vessel includes being shown the location of the trash receptacles and mention of refuse discharge regulations.


Waste Management Plan for (Vessel Name):


Person in Charge:


Solid Waste Management Procedures:

All plastic materials with the exception of beverage containers are disposed of on board by placing them in the garbage compactor.

Compactor bags when full are enclosed in plastic bags and lashed to the side of the wheel house. At the end of the trip this compacted refuse is disposed of in refuse containers on the dock. If items are too big to be disposed of in the compactor, they are stored separately on board until they can be disposed of in port.

All beverage containers are kept in a separate bag and are hauled off the vessel at the end of the trip and recycled. Crew members are reminded of the garbage laws and vessel refuse handling procedures at the beginning of each fishing season.


Waste Management Plan for (Vessel Name): _________________

Person in Charge:


Solid Waste Management Procedures:

If the vessel is outside of 12 miles from shore:

On long trips where refuse storage becomes a problem, two small garbage containers are placed side by side on both the back deck and galley. One container of each pair is labeled "plastics only"; the other container is for all other items.

On each trip one person is assigned the waste handling responsibilities. Every day this person empties all the plastic materials into a larger garbage bag for storage on board and eventual port disposal, and empties the containers containing non-plastic materials over the side after checking to assure that the vessel is outside of 12 miles and that no plastic materials have been incorrectly placed.

If the vessel is within 12 miles or returning to shore:

On short trips and when inside 12 miles, all refuse materials are bagged and stowed on board for later port disposal.

Crew Education:

The captain assigns a garbage handler at the beginning of each trip and reminds the entire crew of the refuse disposal laws and refuse separation system if it is to be used and that violations of these laws are grounds for immediate dismissal.

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