Chris Edmonston: Hi! I am Chris Edmonston, President of the BoatUS Foundation. Today we are going to talk about a subject not many people want to think about but everybody has to deal with; waste disposal. So here are a few tips on how to help you reduce the amount of waste generated on your boat.
The first thing you can do is to reduce the amount of packaging and plastic you can take on board. If you have space, put a sturdy trash container with a lid on your boat. Obey the law; always keep garbage on the boat for onshore disposal or recycling. You should establish a boat rule that no trash gets thrown overboard, even apple cores or cigarette butts.
To tread lightly on the water, make sure you leave it and the marina cleaner than you found it. Carefully pick up trash left by others. Dispose of used fishing line properly, or better yet recycle it. Tangled fishing line left in the water can harm boats and wildlife.
For sewage, you want to make sure you use onshore restrooms before you even leave the shore. Obey the law; keep untreated sewage out of all coastland and inland waters. If you haven't installed Type III toilet and you are boating in a no discharge zone, remember, by law you have to have your Y-valve security locked. And finally, know the location of the nearest pump out station or boat. Dispose of your waste properly and you will help keep our waterways clean and beautiful.