Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


A broad-scope overview of the solid waste disposal problem as intensified by legislation against ocean dumping of such wastes. Since the problem of increasing ocean pollution was partly solved by extensive restrictions on ocean dumping, wastes formerly disposed of in the oceans must now be disposed of by other methods. These alternative methods are discussed and cost estimates applied insofar as feasible; effects on the environment and on the conservation of natural resources are also discussed. Efforts should be directed to determine the level of solid waste disposal which would result in beneficial effects, or at the worst, in non-harmful effects on the marine environment. The entire solid waste management problem must be considered as an entity with ocean and land disposal options, capabilities, limitations, and costs carefully evaluated to provide the optimum results to both man and the environment.