Garbage management plan example
This example of a garbage management plan could be used for a small passenger vessel which can carry 15 people or more with two crew members. You can modify the plan to suit your vessel.
Garbage management plan
Name of vessel
Insert name of vessel
Insert official number
Insert call sign
Classification society (if applicable)
Insert classification society (if applicable)
Port of registry
Insert port of registry
Date plan due for review
Insert date plan for review
Insert name of responsible person/s
*For small vessels with one or minimum crew members, it will be the responsibility of the owner/operator to determine who will be responsible for carrying out the plan and implementing the procedures within the plan.
Note: Regulation 10(2) of Annex V of MARPOL provides as follows:
'Every ship of 100 gross tonnage and above, and every ship which is certified to carry 15 or more persons, and fixed or floating platforms shall carry a garbage management plan which the crew shall follow. This plan shall provide written procedures for minimising, collecting, storing, processing and disposing of garbage, including the use of the equipment on board. It shall also designate the persons in charge of carrying out the plan. The plan shall be based on the guidelines developed by the organisation and written in the working language by the crew.'Garbage means all kinds of food wastes, domestic wastes and operational wastes, all plastics, cargos residues, incinerator ashes, cooking oil, fishing gear, and animal carcasses generated during the normal operation of the ship and liable to be disposed of continuously or periodically except those substances which are defined or listed in other Annexes to the presentcConvention. Garbage doesn't include fresh fish and parts generated as a result of fishing activities undertaken during the voyage, or as a result of aquaculture activities which involve the transport of fish including shellfish for placement in the aquaculture facility and the transport of harvested fish including shellfish from such facilities to shore for processing.
Procedures for collecting garbage
This section should identify suitable containers and location for collection and separation.
For larger vessels, include description of the process for transporting garbage from where it is generated to the collection and separation points.
Needs of on shore garbage reception facilities, taking into account possible:
- local recycling arrangements
- intended on-board processing
- intended storage.
Procedures for processing garbage
This section only applies to vessels fitted with processing equipment. Otherwise insert N/A.
For vessels fitted with equipment to process garbage, this section should describe:
- how garbage will be handled between primary processing locations and the storage or disposal locations
- the processing procedures used
- the processing procedure used for disposal at sea (in accordance with MARPOL Annex V).
Procedures for storing garbage
This section should:
- identify the location, the intended use, and the capacity of available storage points for each category of garbage
- explain how bins are fastened to make sure they do not move or open and release while at sea.
Procedures for disposing of garbage
Describe the vessel’s procedures to ensure compliance with the requirements of Regulation 9(2) Annex V of MARPOL for disposal of garbage, eg shore based facilities.