Litter/Trash Reduction


The Public Works Department is committed to reducing the amount of litter present in City streets, storm drains, waterways and other areas.

The City maintains a Long-Term Trash Load Reduction Plan, which describes control measures implemented to attain a 70% trash load reduction by July 1, 2017, and continues to work toward the goal of 100% trash load reduction
(i.e., "No Visual Impact") by July 1, 2022.

The City's strategy to eliminating litter includes:

In November 2018, the City installed its first large-scale Trash Capture Device in the Shoreview neighborhood. The device helps the City to meet its 2022 goals. 

Interested in organizing a group to make a difference? TeamUp to CleanUp is a program for neighborhoods to join together to eliminate litter in our streets, storm drains, and waterways.

Do Your Part


It's one thing to talk about reducing litter, but to be litter-free we all have to make earth-friendly choices. Here's three ways you can start today to join the City in its efforts to be waste free by 2022.

  1. Follow these recycling tips
  2. Shop green
  3. Join a cleanup event this year or Adopt a Drain
Lastly, remember the 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot (compost). The City is your recycling advocate. If you have questions give us a call at (650) 522-7346.  

Trash Capture Device completion - November 2018

Trash Capture Device construction completion - November 2018

Trash Capture Device installation - November 2018

Trash Capture Device installation - November 2018