Liquid Waste

Dirty oil can be recycled, cleaned and used again. Recycled used motor oil can reduce the threat of its entrance into storm drains and pollution of groundwater and water bodies and/or it being poured onto the ground or tossed into trash receptacles and polluting the soil. Adequate storage and disposal facilities are important if the used oil and variety of other liquid materials boater use and store on their vessels are to be kept out of the environment.

Used Motor oil is a hazardous waste and may never be put in the trash, poured down the drain or dumped on the ground. You may have heard it before; a single quart of motor oil spilled in the water can create an oil slick two acres in size, killing marine organisms and fouling docks, lines and watercraft. Proper management/disposal of used oil is essential to keeping marina grounds and waters clean. Your maintenance of an adequate collection and storage facility is key to your boaters’ successful participation in used oil and other waste collection efforts. In addition to the immediate benefits of cleaner grounds, collection of used oil benefits us by reducing our need for virgin oil, because recyclers can re-refine oil to be used again as oil and other lubrication products, or clean it and blend it into fuel oil.

Marina and Yacht Club Best Management Practices

    Provides a Waste Oil Collection Site. (City of Santa Barbara)

  1. Maintain an oil spill response plan and have spill containment/cleanup supplies readily accessible.
  2. Report spills to both the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center 800.424.8802 and Office of Emergency Services in your jurisdiction immediately. Ensure spill response equipment and materials are easily accessible to boaters as well as marina and yacht club staff.
  3. Train marina or yacht club employees in oil spill response and spill reporting.
  4. Provide a waste oil collection site for marina or yacht club boaters when practicable.
  5. Maintain a log of the quantities and sources for all waste oil collected.
  6. Locate the disposal area away from flood areas and fire hazards.
  7. Provide clearly labeled, separate containers for waste oils and liquid waste that are collected at the site.
  8. Accept used oil filters at the waste oil collection site.
  9. Drain the used oil filters before disposal by placing the filter in a funnel.
  10. Use signage to direct boaters on the proper handling and collection of motor oil.
  11. Encourage boaters to use local Household Hazardous Waste collection sites for all hazardous waste and provide contact information.
  12. Store minimal quantities of hazardous materials and make sure the materials are rotated according to the first-in/first-out principle.
  13. Use alternative environmentally safe liquid materials when possible.
  14. Insert language into slip lease agreements or yacht club rules requiring the proper disposal of liquid waste.
  15. Maintain a liquid waste spill plan and update as necessary.
  16. Keep adequate spill response equipment and materials in strategic locations.

Boater Best Management Practices

  1. Deposit of used oil and oil filters in an approved collection station on shore.
  2. Use oil-absorbent pads to soak up oily bilge water and dispose at an approved collection station.
  3. Check for traces of oil before pumping out the bilge.
  4. Educate and encourage boaters to minimize/prevent impacts from oil changes by using a closed system, oil absorbents to capture oil drips, and drip pans for collection.
  5. Clean bilges and remove loose containers of paint and oil based products before hauling vessel
  6. Use viable alternatives to toxic materials such as antifreeze, coolants, solvents, varnishes, paint, cleaners and pesticides. Always follow the manufacturer’s directions.
  7. Report spills to both the U.S. Coast Guard National Response Center (800).424.8802 and Department of Fish and Game in your jurisdiction or (800) 852-7550 Office of Emergency Services immediately. Ensure spill response equipment and materials are easily accessible to boaters as well as marina and yacht club staff. Make the plan accessible and update as necessary.

Score Sheet – Page 9: Liquid Waste


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