It is the responsibility of all boat owners and operators, regardless of the size of vessel, to ensure all garbage and contaminated water is contained and appropriately disposed. For most boaties, following the “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” principle is good practice.
More information, including stickers outlining the rules relating to the disposal of garbage, is available from the Maritime New Zealand website: www.maritimenz.govt.nz
A rubbish barge service is operated in the Bay of Islands during the busy boating season usually from around Boxing Day to mid-January. Dates, times and the location of the barge will be broadcast by Russell Radio each day.