Reduce Marine & Offshore Waste & Recycling Costs


In a marine or offshore environment, maintaining a safe and clean operation is a key factor in the daily lives of both guests and crew.

Waste types and amounts in a marine/offshore environment can differ, depending on the length of the voyage and the number of crew and passengers. Whether you run a major cruise liner or a local ferry, the common issue is that space is restricted and uncompressed waste can quickly become a challenge to handle. Handling uncompressed waste takes time, but by installing a baler or compactor, you can compact cardboard, plastic, and other recyclable waste instantly. Compacting at the waste source can provide multiple time-saving and efficiency-boosting advantages. Global Trash Solutions offers balers and compactors for the marine industry that have a small footprint and can compact common types of waste by up to 90%.


What MARPOL Annex 5 means to you

The International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships, widely known as MARPOL 73/78, was created by the International Maritime Organization to minimize pollution from seafaring ships and vessels. It was originally conceived in 1973, then revised in 1978. Today, over 150 countries are signatories to MARPOL 73/78, which means that overseas vessels from these nations must adhere to the rules of this convention no matter where in the world they sail.

In its current form, MARPOL 73/78 consists of six different sections, or annexes. Each annex deals with a specific category of pollution; Annex V is the part that controls the proper management of garbage. Annex V provides guidelines for the disposal at sea of certain types of garbage (calculated according to the ship’s distance from land) while outright banning the disposal of other types. Varieties of garbage that cannot be discharged under any circumstances include the following:

  • Plastics
  • Cooking oil
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Rags
  • Synthetic ropes
  • Ashes (from incinerators)
  • Packing materials
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Annex 5 also requires ships to create a written garbage management plan if at least one of the following conditions applies:

  • The ship has at least 100 gross tonnage


  • The ship is certified to carry a crew of at least 15 individuals


  • The vessel in question is a fixed or floating platform

We offer a free consultation and evaluation of your marine/offshore waste and recycling needs.

Global Trash Solutions provides products that comply with the MARPOL Annex 5 and the International Maritime Organization regulations, and services that are ideal for marine/offshore waste management needs. Cruise lines, cargo lines, and many other kinds of businesses that operate overseas vessels can benefit immensely from our recycling and waste management services.

We can help you choose the right waste management strategies and equipment that are crucial to your success. Contact us today so our waste reduction consultants can begin helping you.

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