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Coastal Cleanup Day 2021

Join us for the 37th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day!  Saturday, September 18 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

This cleanup event is a great way for families, friends, community groups, and schools to come together to help clean up creeks, parks, neighborhoods, and local beaches.

There are over 50 cleanup locations to choose from throughout the County. Find a site near you listed below and register with the site captain today!

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Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program

Thousands of cigarette butts get picked up in San Mateo County every Coastal Cleanup Day.

When butts are littered onto streets and sidewalks, they are easily washed, blown, or flicked down storm drains that lead straight into local creeks, the Bay, and the Pacific Ocean without any treatment. In addition to being unsightly, cigarette butts never disappear because they are made of plastic and do not biodegrade. They are toxic to marine and freshwater fish. 

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Fitzgerald ASBS Pollution Reduction Program

The ASBS is a Special Area Worth Protecting

The James V. Fitzgerald Area of Special Biological Significance (Fitzgerald ASBS) is located approximately 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay and extends from 4th Street, Montara south to the Pillar Point breakwater.  The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (Reserve) is located within the boundary of the ASBS.  The Reserve was created in 1969 to protect the mosaic of habitats and tremendous diversity of marine life that exists in the area. 

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Breaking Our Bag Habit

Breaking Our Bag Habit

Important Notice: Effective Tuesday, December 22, 2020, the Health Officer Order Appendix A of the Social Distancing Protocol was revised to remove language about not permitting individuals to bring reusable items from home into stores. The removal of the language means that County residents may bring their reusable shopping bags into retail stores. Retail stores may adopt their own stricter policies prohibiting such items if they wish. For more information about the revised Order, read the County’s December 22, 2020 Health Officer Order Appendix A.

About 63 million single-use plastic bags were used every year before San Mateo County’s Reusable Bag Ordinance went into effect. Most of them ended up in landfills, or as litter on land and in our waterways.