Waste Best Practice



  • 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 such 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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