Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Every harbour authority must provide adequate facilities to receive the following types of waste from ships using the harbour:
You may be charged for using these facilities. The harbour will usually have a waste management plan that includes information on the costs, availability and type of facilities on offer. Very small facilities may not have such a plan and in these cases the information should be available from the Harbour Master or local council.
You must make sure that you know and comply with the bylaws which apply in all ports you use. All ports have their own bylaws which are likely to include banning the disposal of:
Many of the port authorities publish their bylaws on their website. The British Ports Association list their members on their website.
If you store liquid wastes on land or on your boat, make sure that they are stored securely and cannot escape or be pumped by mistake into drains, watercourses or coastal waters, or contaminate the land where they are stored.
Minimise the waste you produce by reusing or recycling materials wherever possible.
In Scotland, you should manage your on board waste in such a way as to allow for high quality recycling once it is landed at a port. check with the port for details of their waste management requirements.
Certain materials can be disposed of at sea, but non-biodegradable materials must not be disposed of except on shore.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
Any person intending to alter the use or management of areas of uncultivated or semi-natural land must obtain prior approval from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
Read more on the DAERA website
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