4.1H – Marina Siting and Design – Waste Management Facilities

Management Measure

Install facilities where needed for the proper recycling or disposal of solid wastes (such as oil filters, lead acid batteries, used absorbent pads, spent zinc anodes, and fish waste) and liquid materials (such as fuel, oil, solvents, antifreeze, and paints) generated by users of marinas and boat maintenance areas. Design these facilities to allow ease of access, post signage to promote use by the boating public, and encourage recycling to the fullest extent possible.

Management Practices

Marina Operators

  • Encourage marina patrons to avoid doing any hull maintenance while their boats are in the water. Scraped-off paint and debris can be harmful to aquatic life.
  • Place trash and recycling receptacles in convenient locations for marina patrons. Let customers know they are there and encourage their use. In addition, provide information on fishing line collection and recycling or disposal. Provide boaters with trash bags so they can collect waste onboard and bring it back to be disposed of properly.
  • Require patrons to clean up pet wastes. Provide a specific dog walking area at the marina. Plastic bags provided near the walking area will help keep the marina clean and help customers comply with the rule.
  • Install fish cleaning stations at the marina and at boat launch sites. Cleaning stations help keep waters from becoming dumping grounds. In addition, compost fish waste where appropriate and encourage catch and release fishing, which does not kill the fish and produces no fish waste. Encourage boaters to clean fish offshore where the fish are caught and return the waste to the sea (if allowed by the State).


  • California Department of Boating and Waterways provides a variety of grants and loans to assist in the infrastructure development of private and public boat launching facilities and marinas.
  • California Integrated Waste Management Board is responsible for managing California’s solid waste stream. The Board develops waste reduction programs, provides public education and outreach, assists local governments and businesses, and fosters market development for recyclable materials.
  • California Integrated Waste Management Board, Household Hazardous Waste Program provides information on the location of certified used oil and household hazardous waste collection centers, a directory of products with recycled content, information on products made from rerefined oil, and grant opportunities for demonstration projects related to used oil and household hazardous waste.

Information Resources


USEPA. 2001. National Management Measures Guidance to Control Nonpoint Source Pollution from Marinas and Recreational Boating. EPA 841-B-01-005. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC.

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