Hazardous Materials and Recycling
Safely dispose of used oil and filters, batteries,
unused paint, solvents, antifreeze and other chemicals at
your county hazardous waste collection site.
Find oil recycling locations at:
Or use the 1-800-RECYCLE hotline database and search used oil
Buy only what you need, select less-toxic products and
U.S. Coast Guard regulations prohibit dumping of plastic
refuse, and garbage mixed with plastic, into any waters.
- Keep your trash on board and out of the water. This
includes anything from cigarettes to food garbage/packaging.
Take advantage of shore-side facilities to recycle plastic,
glass, metal, and paper.
- Never discard fishing line, Styrofoam, plastics, or
cigarette butts into the water. These products take forever
to break down in the marine environment, and are harmful to
seabirds and other marine creatures.
- Keep several litter bags aboard and discard full
ones at the marina dumpster or in your home rubbish.
- Minimize the chance of trash accidentally flying
overboard by reducing the amount of trash you bring on board.
Buy products that use less packaging. Remove
additional packaging from products before you take them onto
your boat. When trash accidentally falls overboard, go back
and get it (if it is safe to do so).
- Use reusable containers whenever possible. Try to buy in
bulk to reduce the amount of packaging you need to discard.
Choose products sold in recycled and recyclable containers.
- Recycle paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, and fishing
line whenever possible, and encourage marinas to offer