San Francisco city has implemented a 5 cent charge for store to "provide a bag service" hoping that people BYOB, Bring your Own Bag, to stores. The Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) study recently, revealed that about 1.36 million gallons of trash flows into the Bay every year. "This is 100 percent preventable," said Brosseau to the Mercury News. "Trash doesn't happen by itself. If we can get people to modify their behavior, we'll make huge gains."
The Bay Area has a deadline to clean up the bay by 2014 otherwise they will be fined, meaning the taxpayers. So in efforts to contribute as a Bay Area Resident, here is a promotional video as well as some cool project people have done with their extra plastic bags.
What can you do?
* First and foremost, don’t litter.
* Participate in community cleanups, like Save The Bay’s volunteer events.
* Pick up trash when you see it in the street or at the Bay shoreline and creeks.
* Support policies that will reduce the amount of trash discharged to the Bay.
* Use less. Bring your own cloth bags when you go shopping and your own cup for coffee drinks.
* Let businesses you patronize know that you care about litter. Ask them to offer reusable alternatives, and make sure their trash cans outside are not overflowing!
A study found an average of three pieces of trash along every foot of Bay Area streams that lead to the Bay!
Besides creating an eyesore, Bay pollution chokes the ecosystem, kills marine animals and increases the acidity of our water, eventually leading to smelly algae and prohibiting aquatic life
To study the current trash levels, BASMAA installed trash-catching screens in 149 storm drains around the Bay Area.
the Bay Area's worst offenders: the small town of Colma in San Mateo County ranked most pollution per capita with 516 gallons of trash per resident. San Francisco City was not part of the study do to its ancient sewer systems.