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The Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulations 1998

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Disposal of garbage into the sea within 500 metres of fixed or floating installations

7.  The disposal of any garbage into the sea from a fixed or floating installation, or from any other ship alongside or within 500 metres of such an installation, is prohibited except that food wastes which have been comminuted or ground to the required standard may be disposed of into the sea from such installations or ships if the installation in question is located more than 12 miles from the nearest land.

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