Prevent Pollution

To reduce trash that pollutes the Bay and harms wildlife, Save The Bay secures local and regional limits on plastic bags, polystyrene, and toxic tobacco litter. 

Read our 2017 report on the State of Trash in the Bay

Trash in the streets is trash in the Bay. Stormwater runoff is the single largest source of Bay pollution. Plastic bags, Styrofoam food containers, cigarette butts... it's not just litter, it's pollution.

Stopping this pollution at its source is the best way to keep our Bay clean.

Call on your city to get to Zero Trash today.

What's New:

  • Zero Trash

    Zero Trash, Zero Excuse

    We know it's not polite to talk trash, but it's time to address our regional trash problem and push for a trash-free Bay. Learn more about our Zero Trash Zero excuse stormwater pollution campaign.  

  • Plastic Bag

    Plastic Bags and Styrofoam Bans

    Toxic plastic trash pollutes our waters and harms wildlife. It's getting better. Today, more than 76 percent of Bay Area residents live in communities that have banned plastic bags and 62 percent live in communities that have banned Styrofoam.

  • Cigarette Butts

    Stop Cigarette Litter

    Millions of the more than 3 billion cigarette butts littered annually wash into the Bay, polluting our water, harming wildlife, and costing taxpayers millions to clean up. 

  • Misc Pollution

    Pollution Resources

    Not sure what to do with potentially hazardous household trash? Want to learn more about how clean our local beaches are? 

  • Map

    Resources for Cities and Counties

    The Clean Bay Project is a suite of the most effective pollution prevention programs developed and implemented by municipalities and recommended by Save The Bay as tools that all cities should adopt.