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Disposal of garbage into the Mediterranean from ships is prohibited from May 1, 2009

April 13, 2008

We received this from the UNMEP/MAP Mediterranean Action Plan Office today announcing that as of May 1, 2009, ships will no longer be allowed to dump waste into the Mediterranean Sea.

Consequently, for all ships, as of 1st May 2009, disposal into the Mediterranean Sea of the following is prohibited: all plastics, including but not limited to synthetic ropes, synthetic fishing nets and plastic garbage bags; and all other garbage, including paper products, rags, glass metal, bottles, crockery, dunnage, lining and packing materials.

The adoption of the resolution follows the notification at the same MEPC session by Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey, representing States bordering the Mediterranean Sea special area, that adequate reception facilities for garbage are provided in all the relevant ports within the region.

We’re happy to see this decision being made, but are curious as to how it will be enforced.  In any case, it’s about time!

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  1. polythenepam permalink
    April 16, 2008 8:00 pm

    Thats great news – one way to stop the filthy stuff going everywhere is to cut out using the filthy stuff. I am in the process of boycotting plastic – each month another piece goes. I started cos I hated plastic pollution and what it was doing to the planet – as I have learnt more I am seriously worried by everything to do with it – its a real issue. If you want to cut down on your plastic consumption and I would advise that you did, you might find some of my stuff helpful – go to http://www.plasticisrubbish.wordpress.com

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