The amendments to MARPOL Annex V, adopted at MEPC 70 will enter into force on 1 March 2018. The changes include criteria for determining whether cargo residues are harmful to the marine environment, and a new garbage category for “e-waste”.

Solid bulk cargoes as per regulation VI/1-1.2 of SOLAS, other than grain, shall now be classified per the criteria in the new appendix I of MARPOL Annex V, and the shipper shall then declare as to whether or not the cargo is harmful to the marine environment (HME).

The Garbage Record Book will be divided into two parts:

  • Part I for all garbage other than cargo residues, applicable to all ships;
  • Part II for cargo residues only applicable to ships carrying solid bulk cargoes.

The garbage categories have also been amended to include “e-waste”. E-waste means electrical and electronic equipment used for the normal operations of the ship or in the accommodation spaces, including all components, sub-assemblies and consumables which are part of the equipment at the time of discarding, with the presence of material potentially hazardous to human health and/or the environment.

The garbage category “cargo residues” has been split into HME and non HME.

The new garbage category will be as follows:

  • Plastics
  • Food waste
  • Domestic wastes
  • Cooking oil
  • Incinerator ashes
  • Operational waste
  • Animal carcasses
  • Fishing gear
  • E-waste
  • Cargo residues (non-HME)
  • Cargo residues

Alon with the revised Garbage Record Book, receipts obtained from reception facilities will also be required to be kept on board for at least two years.


  • MEPC 277(70) Amendments to MARPOL Annex V
  • MEPC 295(71) 2017 Guidelines for the implementation of MARPOL Annex V
  • MEPC 220(63) Guidelines for the development of garbage management plans.