It’s that time again! In conjunction with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday, Save The Bay announced its 6th Annual Bay Trash Hot Spots today, showcasing five creeks and shoreline areas that are polluted with plastic bags, polystyrene food containers (Styrofoam) and other trash. Trash continues to be one of the biggest threats to the San Francisco Bay as it gravely imperils wildlife, spoils water quality and harms public health. Further, plastic bags and polystyrene food packaging are some of the most visible and pervasive types of trash we see choking our wetlands, clogging waterways and degrading our recreational areas.
There is some good news, however. More Bay Area cities are taking the initiative to stop trash at its source by banning these wasteful and unnecessary disposable items. Save The Bay is urging all Bay Area cities to ban plastic bags and polystyrene to help reduce this toxic pollution flowing unchecked into the Bay.
This year’s Hot Spots are five Bay locations where Save The Bay and cities have identified high levels of trash:
- Mission Creek in San Francisco
- Guadalupe River in San Jose
- Damon Slough in Oakland
- Baxter Creek in Richmond
- Pulgas Creek in San Carlos
These five sites were chosen because they are located in cities that are leading the regional effort to tackle trash through plastic bag and/or polystyrene bans. While we offer our kudos to these particular cities, other Bay Area cities must follow suit to make an impact on the health of the Bay.
So what can YOU do? Plenty! Save The Bay is asking members of the public to vote for one of the five Bay Trash Hot Spots. We will “adopt” the spot with the most votes and host a series of volunteer cleanups throughout 2012. Last year, Redwood Creek in Redwood City garnered the most votes. We have already completed two cleanups with over 100 volunteers and will host a third at this Saturday’s Coastal Cleanup Day.
Which spot will we adopt this year? It’s anyone’s guess. Visit our website to vote for the Hot Spot in your area and take action to eliminate trash from San Francisco Bay!