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Boaters Best Practice Waste

Best Practice Advice


  • Prevent plastic bags, drinks cans and loose items from blowing overboard. Ban loose item such as sandwich wrappings or yokes on 6 packs from coming up on deck
  • If litter does find its way over board, then use the opportunity to practice your man over board procedure
  • Set an example to your crew by not throwing any litter (including biodegradable waste) overboard
  • Cigarette ends can last up to 5 years and can cause birds to starve if swallowed. Provide butt boxes for stub ends
  • Remove as much excess packaging as you can before you go out on the boat
  • Recycle as much waste on board as possible, with the increasing amount of mixed recycling facilities now available, you need only two bins on board
  • Ask your marina to provide recycling facilities. Point out that recycled waste can be up to 50% cheaper to dispose of than waste going to landfill
  • Invest in biodegradable rubbish bags. They break down in 12 to 18 months rather than up to 500 years
  • Where possible reuse items such as plastic bottles and boxes
  • Think about recycling old equipment such as sails, rope and electronic equipment
  • Don’t contaminate general waste by throwing hazardous waste items isuch as paint tins, oily rags and antifoul scrapings in the wrong container.
  • Keep oils and other food waste on board and dispose of with non recyclable rubbish

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