The River Hamble Harbour Authority would like to remind mooring holders and visitors that rubbish must be disposed of before departing the River.
The Harbour Authority provides a range of facilities for the disposal of waste which are readily accessible to the majority of river users. This includes a special container for the disposal of non-EU food waste..
The implementation of the EC Directive on Port Reception Facilities (2000/59/EC) in the UK is achieved through the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Port Waste Reception Facilities) Regulations (2003/1809). This superseded the Waste Disposal The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulations 1988. Under these regulations it is an offence for any vessel, regardless of size, including recreational craft, to dump any garbage or refuse overboard within a certain distance of land, and in the case of plastics and other persistent rubbish, in any sea area surrounding the United Kingdom.
In addition to the facilities that the harbour authority provides it is also bound by law to review these facilities and ensure that they are adequate for the purposes intended. This review must take place every second year and the findings reported to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA),in the form of a Port Waste Management Plan.
For any further information regarding waste disposal, please contact the Harbour Office.
Free facilities include disposal points for general mixed garbage. Sewage pump-out for vessels with holding tanks, used oil disposal, disposal point for oil filters, disposal point for dead batteries.