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September 17, 2009

Save the Bay: "Top Ten Bay Trash Hot Spots"

Just in time for Coastal Cleanup Day this coming weekend, Save the Bay has a new study out documenting the worst San Francisco Bay areas for trash.

Yes, plastic bags are among the most common types of Bay pollution. They smother wetland habitat and degrade water quality, often kill birds and other animals when they mistake bags for food or become entangled in them. Plastic also breaks up into pieces that can stay in the ecosystem for eons.

See 2009 Bay Trash Hot Spot Placemarks in a larger map

Check out the terrific public service video (above) created to draw attention to the plight of plastics in our environment.

The 2009 Bay Trash Hot Spots are San Francisco Bay shorelines and creeks where volunteers reported removing the most plastic bags on Coastal Cleanup Day 2008. On this one day alone, volunteers reported to the Ocean Conservancy that nearly 15,000 plastic bags were removed from these ten hot spots – a shocking number considering that these areas represent a very small portion of the Bay shoreline and its tributaries. In fact, Save The Bay estimates that more than one million plastic bags wind up in San Francisco Bay each year.

More info on the Save the Bay site

Info on the 25th California Coastal Cleanup day on September 19, 2009

November 30, 2008

Do your part: Stash the trash

Oil spills are nasty, horrible messes, but do you know what may be worse? All the trash we dump into the oceans. From plastic lighters to toys to cigarette butts, the sea has become man’s monster garbage disposal. Walk along any beach after a major storm and the things that wash on our beaches will truly astound you.

Save the Bay kicked off a terrific public service campaign in 2006 to encourage all of us to pay attention to how we treat San Francisco Bay. It’s a good reminder for all of us.

Remember the candy wrapper you dropped on the street, or the bag that the wind blew out of your car? Chances are that those items are polluting the Bay and harming wildlife. Trash is accumulating in bays and oceans worldwide – one study found plastic outweighing plankton (the building block of the food web) by 6 to 1…

See Save SF Bay’s website on the Stash your Trash campaign