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The Litter Problem

Trash that litters the streets and landscape can end up in storm drains, where it washes into creeks that flow to the San Francisco Bay.

 

Much of the trash in the Bay washes into the Pacific Ocean where it contributes to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

 

Trash not only takes a toll on quality of life, property values, and housing prices, it also endangers plant, fish and wildlife populations and habitat.

 Section of Garbage Patch
 Turtle mistakes plastic bag for jellyfish.
 Plastic caps and wrap, cigarette lighter, etc. blocked bird's digestive system.