Litter/Trash Reduction

We are committed to reducing the amount of litter present in our streets, storm drains, waterways, and other areas.

We maintain a Long-Term Trash Load Reduction Plan, which describes control measures implemented to attain the 70 percent trash load reduction as of July 1, 2017, and how we continue to work toward the goal of 100 percent trash load reduction.

Our strategy to eliminating litter includes:

In November 2018, we installed our first large-scale Trash Capture Device in the Shoreview neighborhood. The device helps us meet our litter-reduction goals.

​Active Projects

Poplar at Golf Course Trash Capture Project

This project involves the installation of a trash capture device within a concrete-lined channel located north of the intersection of East Poplar Avenue and North Bayshore Boulevard.

Status: Environmental Review / Design – Initial Study-Mitigated  Negative Declaration for review. 

Do Your Part

Interested in organizing a group to make a difference? Team Up to Clean Up is a program for neighborhoods to join together to eliminate litter in our streets, storm drains, and waterways. Click the link above to get started. 

You don't have to be part of a group to start 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 our efforts to be a waste free city.

  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). We are your recycling advocate. Have questions?  Call us at (650) 522-7300.  

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