Baykeeper Updates Related to Trash

BK In The News: September 16, 2017
Every year, about 2,000 volunteers across San Francisco pick up trash as a part of the statewide Coastal Cleanup Day. And just about every year, more than half of the volunteers end up at Ocean Beach, where there happens to be less trash to collect... At India Basin Shoreline Park, San Francisco...
BK In The News: January 19, 2017
... More than 70 volunteers showed up on a cloudy, foggy Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Main Street parking lot west of the ferry terminal in Alameda, including members of the Boy Scouts of America and San Francisco Baykeeper, a 25-year-old nonprofit advocacy group that works to prevent pollution in the...
BK In The News: January 17, 2017
Dozens of volunteers gathered at the Alameda estuary Saturday to take care of one of the negative results of last week’s storms. “The timing of this cleanup is perfect this year mainly because the big storms pushed a lot of trash into the bay and on to the shore line,” said San Francisco bay keeper...
BK In The News: October 11, 2016
“The plastic bag industry’s arguments don’t make a lot of sense,” says Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, one of the many organizations that have come out strongly in favor of Proposition 67. “A single-use plastic bag that takes about 1,000 years to degrade into...
Monthly Column: October 3, 2016
After more than 20 years as an environmental advocate, I shouldn’t be surprised by industry shenanigans, but I still am. Case in point: On November 8, California voters will have the chance to vote on a ballot measure, Proposition 67, to ban single-use plastic bags. Most people know that plastic...
Blog Post: September 13, 2016
In the upcoming elections on November 8, Baykeeper recommends a yes vote on California Proposition 67, the statewide plastic bag ban. If Prop 67 passes, groceries, pharmacies, and other retail stores in California won’t be allowed to provide single-use plastic bags. When plastic bags wash into San...
Monthly Column: September 6, 2016
A plastic takeout cup dropped on a Napa street, a food wrapper tossed outside the Giants’ ballpark, cigarette butts stubbed out in an Oakland park—it’s all likely to end up in San Francisco Bay. Trash in the water mars the Bay’s beauty. It poses a hazard for swimmers and surfers. And for wildlife,...
Blog Post: March 27, 2012
Cities need to use direct capture measures to reduce the amount of trash in our waterways—not plastic bag bans and ineffective education programs, Baykeeper recently told regulators. Baykeeper has analyzed new plans from the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association (BASMAA) for reducing...
Blog Post: September 20, 2011
This past Saturday, more than 20 Baykeeper volunteers participated in California's annual Coastal Cleanup Day at India Basin Shoreline Park. Volunteers cleaned up more than 500 pounds of trash from the park, ranging from large items including a television, to tiny fragments of plastic and glass....
Blog Post: March 9, 2011
Baykeeper recently started, in collaboration with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI), the first-ever pilot program aimed at quantifying the amount of plastic floating in the Bay. As part of this endeavor, I went out on the Baykeeper boat with SFEI staff  to trawl near the shorelines of San...

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