STARTS WITH ME
This summer, as you enjoy San Diego's stunning beaches, creeks, and rivers, remember that "Trash Free Starts with Me." Be mindful and protect our waterways by properly disposing of your trash and recyclables.
Storm drains in San Diego are directly connected to waterways, meaning that trash and litter accumulating on streets and sidewalks can easily flow into storm drains during rain events and eventually end up in rivers, creeks, and the ocean.
Each year, around
500,000 pounds of litter and trash
enter San Diego's waterways, posing a persistent pollution problem. To safeguard our waterways, ongoing individual and community efforts are crucial in preventing and reducing the entry of litter and trash into storm drains.
Adopt Eco-Friendly Practices
Understand proper disposal
for different types of waste
Trash: Put trash in a covered bin
Organic Waste/Composting: Dispose of organic material in a green waste bin or use it for composting
Hazardous Waste: Do not dispose of in regular trash or recycling bins - click here to find a free drop off location.
Minimize trash by opting for reusable items
Use a reusable water bottle instead of plastic bottles
Bring reusable bags to the grocery store instead of opting for plastic bags
Carry metal or bamboo silverware and a reusable straw to avoid using single-use plastic utensils and straws from restaurants
Practice a Zero-Waste Lifestyle
REFUSE: Say no to single-use items and opt for reusable alternatives instead
REDUCE: Minimize your consumption by making mindful purchases
REUSE: Before throwing something away, consider if it can be reused
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