In some areas, most of the plastic waste washed up on beaches used to come from passing ships that threw their rubbish overboard. MARPOL Annex V is a set of regulations that seek to eliminate and reduce the amount of garbage being discharged into the sea from ships”. Annex V is currently in force in more than 150 countries. Recent amendments on MARPOL Annex V to address cargo residues and e-waste came into force on the 1st of March 2018.