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Protect, Collect and Dispose



Whilst antifoul paint, containing biocides such as copper and zinc, do a great job of keeping our hulls clean, and even have some environmental benefits such as improving fuel efficiency due to less drag from fouling and preventing the attachment and spread of invasive non-native species, they are toxic to aquatic life. Therefore as a boating community we must ensure we make more sustainable choices when it comes to selecting an antifoul coating and adopt environmental best practice when applying, removing and disposing of antifoul to minimise pollution.




To support the boating community the British Coatings Federation (BCF), The Green Blue (RYA and British Marine) and the Yacht Harbour Association (YHA) launched the ‘Protect, Collect & Dispose’ initiative and campaign week in 2019 focusing on raising awareness of and providing environmental best practice when antifouling. Building on the successful, award-winning DIY Safe Antifouling programme previously launched in 2017.


As part of this initiative we have created a Protect Collect Dispose Poster and Guidance Leaflet – both can be viewed and downloaded from the ‘Related Resources’ section at the bottom of this webpage.


When applying and removing antifoul paint there are simple steps we can all take to:


Protect the ground under our boats

Collect any drips, spills and debris

Dispose of all contaminated items and paint legally into hazardous waste bins




By following the initiatives environmental best practice for antifouling, we can all work together to help minimise water pollution for a cleaner and healthier environment. For further information you can visit the following advise pages for antifouling and water pollution prevention:


  1. Find out more about antifoul and download the Protect Collect Dispose (PCD) Leaflet below.
  2. Print and display our PCD Poster (below) at your club, centre or marine business.
  3. Request a batch of the PCD Leaflets from us to display and hand out to your members and customers.
  4. Support our annual ‘Protect, Collect & Dispose’ campaign week in March. Dates for 2021 TBC. Share our social media posts throughout the campaign week with fellow boaters, members and customers. Post your own best practice photographs and tag us on social media using the tags indicated below.


Follow @TheGreenBlue on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Follow @the_green_blue on Instagram.

Use #ProtectCollectDispose



Awareness Resources

Protect, Collect and Dispose

Protect, Collect and Dispose

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