Response to Mat

Hi Mat!,
There are pretty strict rules regarding waste as a result of the Antarctic
Treaty. We are not allowed to dump anything over the side. Sewage is
caught in a tank and treated. Once it's treated, it is discharged into
the ocean. The run of the mill garbage that we create on board is burned
in an incinerator on the 02 deck. We have to separate out things such as
batteries, aerosol cans and lab waste. Lab and other hazardous waste is
taken to Palmer Station, sorted, and transported back to the states for
disposal. The ship is not allowed to take these materials into Chile.


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