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Litter Prevention: Working Together
Keep Trash Out of Creeks
Always throw trash in the proper receptacle and never throw trash in the street, sidewalk, or riverbanks. If you see trash in the street in front of your home or business, please pick it up and put it in a trash can before the trash is swept into the stormdrain system and washed into the closest creek.

Volunteer to help pick up litter through the City of San José's Adopt-A-Park, Adopt-A-Trail, or Anti-Litter programs.

Clean up trash in creeks through Santa Clara Valley Water District's Adopt-A-Creek program, or participate in National River Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
 Boys scouts at a creek cleanup

ReThink Disposable
Minimize the amount of trash you generate by using reusable or recyclable materials when possible. Learn more about reusables.

Report Graffiti & Litter With an App

"San José Clean" is a free smartphone application that allows residents to point, click, and send photos and reports of graffiti, litter and park conditions to City staff. Search for "San José Clean" in the iPhone App Store and in the Android Market.

Visit Report A Concern for additional ways to report graffiti and litter.

Learn More About the Bay Area Trash Problem
Large Trash Raft in a CreekOn November 15, 2013, the City of San José hosted the Bay Area Trash Summit with attendees including Bay Area cities, environmental agencies, nonprofits, and businesses. The Summit helped set a path for collaboration on litter reduction, and had a wide array of presentations on topics including cigarette butt litter, beverage and food packaging, and zero litter initiatives. 

Learn about the ideas discussed by viewing the PowerPoint Presentations from the Trash Summit.