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Old 30-06-2016, 18:19   #31
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Re: Trash Disposal

Originally Posted by wsmurdoch View Post
We have been boarded by the USCG several times, four that I can think of right now. Each time they checked for the waste management placard and the oil pollution placard. It was on their checklist. The CG Auxiliary when doing a courtesy inspection suggested that we write up a waste management plan and put it in binder to show, but we have never been asked and not done that. We are a 34 ft sailboat.
A written waste management plan is required on boats 40' and over.

Great thread. Thanks everyone for the good info.

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Old 30-06-2016, 20:47   #32
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Re: Trash Disposal

Originally Posted by accomplice View Post
US law prohibits the discharge of anything within 3 miles of the coast and prohibits the discharge of plastic anywhere. It also requires that vessels keep on board a waste management plan available for inspection by USCG.

Has anyone been boarded by the USCG and asked for their waste management plan?

If we are careful about not bringing a lot of packaging material on board, we can get up to two weeks worth in a small, 13-gallon bag. When we're not careful and have all the kids on-board, we fill up at least a bag every day.

I'm on dry land and some weeks don't produce enough TOTAL trash to bother dragging my trash can to the curb....

Really... Its not hard.

And I'm not an environut.

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Old 01-07-2016, 05:50   #33
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Re: Trash Disposal

We love the suggestion to cut plastic milk/juice jugs into small pieces and stuff them into another waste item. As cruisers we are constantly trying to reduce, reuse and recycle everything aboard. We are so committed that we started documenting methods and practices aboard to reduce our environmental wake. If you have a specific concern or question regarding green sailing, please PM us or add a comment on so we can do the research and add it to our website. If we all just make a few small changes we can help preserve these waters that are so important to our lifestyles.

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