Trash Reduction

The County's Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (MRP) Section C.10 Trash Load Reduction (PDF) mandates the County reduce trash loads to our local waterways by:

  • 90% by 2023
  • 100%, or “no adverse impact to receiving waters from trash," by 2025

Some of the ways the County is working to meet these goals include:People conducting a trash assessment along Grayson Creek

  • Full Trash Capture Devices: Installing and maintaining full trash capture devices in storm drain catch basins throughout unincorporated Contra Costa County. These devices prevent trash from reaching our creeks.
  • Creek and Shoreline Cleanups: The County organizes and coordinates with non-profit partners to clean debris from creeks and conducts additional cleanups.
  • Trash Removal: The County Public Works Maintenance Division, contracted waste haulers, and other contractors work to remove trash and debris from public rights-of-way.
  • Street Sweeping: The County Watershed Program coordinates street sweeping in unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County. Visit the street sweeping webpage for more information.

Text saying Litter Travels But it Can Stop With You

Do your part to keep litter out of creeks and waterways by following these Best Management Practices (BMPs):

  • Minimize the amount of waste you generate. Remember your three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
  • Properly dispose of your trash so that the wind does not carry it to the stormdrain system where it can be conveyed to local waterways.
  • Help keep your community clean by picking up trash, even if it is not yours. Resource limitations mean government cannot be the whole solution.Trash in stormdrain inlet
  • Keep stormdrains around your property clear of trash, vegetation/leaves, sediment, and other debris. If a drainage inlet in an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County is clogged please call Public Works Department Maintenance at (925) 313-7000 to report it.
  • Participate in local trash cleanups in your community. 

Contact one of the creek groups that are active in Contra Costa County to participate in a creek clean up. There are always events around Earth Day (April 22nd) and California/International Coastal Cleanup Day (third Saturday of September).