Solid Waste

Solid waste can collect at marinas, yacht clubs and boat ramp sites and enter surface waters if litter is not continuously picked up, if trash receptacles are not provided or conveniently located and/or insufficient attention is given to controlling waste produced during boat operation, cleaning, maintenance and repair activities.

Keeps Trashcans and Dumpsters Covered. (Vintage Marina)

Marinas or yacht clubs that appear clean are more attractive to customers. Substantial clean up costs can be replaced by small initial investments in trash collection and preventive practices. Providing sufficient waste receptacles, separating waste into classes of recyclables and preventing litter are all accepted practices and are part of customer service and environmentally friendly management at marinas and yacht clubs.

Marina and Yacht Club Best Management Practices

  1. Keep litter picked up.
  2. Place trash receptacles and dumpsters in convenient locations for boaters and guests in parking lots, on boat launch ramps, fuel docks and restrooms.
  3. Provide and use covered dumpsters and trashcans so they do not fill up with rainwater, do not blow away in heavy winds and are less likely to be invaded by scavenging mammals and birds.
  4. Provides Recycling for Fishing Line. (City of Santa Barbara)

  5. Keep trash enclosures clean and free of debris.
  6. Keep cleanup equipment and materials available.
  7. Inspect trash storage areas weekly.
  8. Dispose of all solid wastes in accordance with local, state and federal laws and regulations.
  9. Provide convenient facilities for the recycling of appropriate materials, such as glass, aluminum, plastic, newspapers and batteries.
  10. Use pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, inserts and/or meetings to convey the importance of any environmental precautions that the marina has instituted.
  11. Use signs to inform boaters about locations of equipment, disposal containers, cleaning practices, etc. Special instructions should be clearly noted.
  12. Provide recycling containers for shrink wrap and monofilament fishing line where needed.

Boater Best Management Practices


  1. Do not dump plastic or any other trash into the waterbecause it is illegal. Boaters can prevent overboard disposal by returning [all refuse] to shore for disposal.
  2. Use the dumpsters, trash receptacles and other approved containers to dispose of garbage and other waste. Encourage use of non-styrofoam, non-toxic, biodegradable or reusable cups, plates, silverware, etc. to minimize amount of debris that ends up in waterways.
  3. When conducting in water hull or bottom cleaning, bring or ask your diver to bring the old zinc anodes to the designated location in the marina or take it with them for proper disposal or recycling.
  4. In accordance with the International Treaty to Prevent Pollution from Ships, MARPOL requires all boats 26 feet and over in length to display,in a CMP Manual_revised 2_28_12.docx 13 prominent place where the crew and passengers can read it, an information placard on the subject of plastics prohibitions. See http://www.dbw.ca.gov/Pubs/Pollute/MarinePollution.pdf for the placard and more information.

Score Sheet – Page 8: Solid Waste


Sidebars represent changes incorporated in CMP Manual_revised 2_28_12.