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Litter Prevention: Working Together
 
Keep Trash Out of Creeks
Always throw trash in the proper receptacle and never throw trash in the street, sidewalk, or riverbanks. If you see trash in the street in front of your home or business, please pick it up and put it in a trash can before the trash is swept into the stormdrain system and washed into the closest creek.

Volunteer!
Clean up trash in creeks through Santa Clara Valley Water District's Adopt-A-Creek program, or visit the Creek Connections Action Group Group. Participate in Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at one of 20 sites in San José. The Environmental Services Department will be at New Chicago Marsh in Alviso, and at Coyote Creek at Phlen and Roberts Drives (near Yerba Bueba High School). Visit Creek Connections Action Group to register and for more information.

Volunteer to help pick up litter through the City of San José's Adopt-A-Park, Adopt-A-Trail, or Anti-Litter programs.
 Boys scouts at a creek cleanup

ReThink Disposable
Minimize the amount of trash you generate by using reusable or recyclable materials when possible. Learn more about reusables.

Share Your Litter Cleanup Accomplishments
Show San José that you care by posting your community accomplishments to the Bright Green San José Facebook page. Hashtag photos to #KeepSJClean and tag us @SJEnvironment on Twitter and Instagram. Together we can make a difference!

Learn More About the Bay Area Trash Problem
Large Trash Raft in a CreekOn November 15, 2013, the City of San José hosted the Bay Area Trash Summit with attendees including Bay Area cities, environmental agencies, nonprofits, and businesses. The Summit helped set a path for collaboration on litter reduction, and had a wide array of presentations on topics including cigarette butt litter, beverage and food packaging, and zero litter initiatives. 

Learn about the ideas discussed by viewing the PowerPoint Presentations from the Trash Summit.