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A few details
a. Bilge water is not a hazardous waste unless there is a material amount of gasoline present.
b. Though it is legal to place oil water in a used oil tank, the collection vendor may refuse to collect the resulting waste. Use oil DIY collection tanks generally have signs limiting the material that can be placed in them. This is a dirty trick to pull on a marina.
c. It is not acceptable to place oily water in a used AF collection tank. Same as the used oil tank, collection may be refused and there is generally a sign listing acceptable materials.
d. Many marinas do have bilge water tanks. I know Herrington Harbor does.
e. Neither VA nor MD county DIY collection facilities accept oiy water.
f. I believe the "household hazardous waste days" will limit you to impractically small volumes. A gallon or two.
If you have a signifigant volume of bilge water, the same vendor that collects the used oil can probably provide the service, for a fee. Some can pump dirrect from the boat.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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