Anchorage 47 Absorbent Pad Exchange Program

Absorbent Pad Exchange Program map

In spring of 2015, the Department of Beaches and Harbors entered into a partnership with The Bay Foundation to initiate an absorbent pad exchange program at the Department’s Boating Section Office near Anchorage 47 and Burton Chace Park. The program offers free absorbent pads and free used pad disposal to boaters.

Absorbent pads are hydrophobic – able to absorb fuel and oil while repelling water – and can be used during fueling to catch drips. Pads can also be useful in the bilge compartment, extracting oil from bilge water before it is pumped overboard into coastal waterways. Once used, pads must be disposed of properly though as they are considered hazardous waste.

Boaters are cautioned that applying soap to remove a fuel or oil sheen is illegal and bad for the environment. If a spill occurs, it is best to use an absorbent pad and report the spill.

To pick up a free absorbent pad or dispose of a used pad, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors Boating Section Office located at:

Boating Section Office
13575 Mindanao Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Hours of Operation: 7 days a week, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (except holidays)

For more information about this service, please contact Michael Blenk at (424) 526-7892 or