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Our Mission

Our Mission is to solve the trash problem at its roots: by changing the social norms, and fixing the structural problems that drive littering and dumping.

We start by cleaning up trashed areas, then we put in place solutions that reduce littering and dumping permanently.  We have an experimental and data-driven approach, and trial many different interventions to reduce trashing.

 

Our goal is to eliminate trashing permanently.

Our Projects

Untrash East Bay Currently has 7 Active Projects 

Lake Merritt, Western University Encampments, Aquatic Park, Grizzly Peak, Strawberry Canyon, Wildcat Canyon and Berkeley Streets. 

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Berkeley

Berkeley Parks

This project focuses on untrashing Berkeley Parks.

There is significant overlap with East Bay Creeks.

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Oakland

Oakland Parks

Lake Merritt and Mosswood Park is start of our Oakland Parks campaign. We're looking for people to adopt other parks.


There is significant overlap with East Bay Creeks and East Bay Canyons

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Richmond

Richmond Streets

Richmond Streets by neighborhood. See map of Richmond Neighborhoods at: https://tinyurl.com/tecexzt3

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Grizzly-Skyline-Redwood

This project focuses on the East Bay Ridge Roads: Grizzly Peak, Skyline, and Redwood. We have completed a first cleaning across 3.5 miles of Grizzly Peak from Centennial to Marlborough Terrace and we are working on extending our dataset along Skyline Blvd. and Redwood Road.

We removed over 450 bags of trash. This section needs additional roped work to get trash down steepish slopes.

To change a culture of trashing along Grizzly we organized 40 highly visible cleanups, and installed almost 100 signs. We are pleased to report that the amount of new trash along Grizzly has fallen dramatically.

We are looking for people with CLIMBING EXPERIENCE to help retrieve trash from easy Class-4 slopes.

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East Bay Hills

East Bay Backroads

The backroads around dense urban areas are the targets of a huge amount of dumping.

To date, we’ve primarily focused on Wildcat road, especially the stretch from Inspiration Point to San Pablo Dam Road.

We are looking for people with CLIMBING EXPERIENCE to help retrieve trash from easy Class-4 slopes.

The Wildcat section is led by Jill McIntire. We are grateful for support from EBMUD Watershed and Recreation Dept for bags, and the Contra Costa County Public Works Department for trash pickup.

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Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, East Bay Hills

East Bay Creeks

This project focuses specifically on untrashing creeks.

Bay Area Creeks still provide important habitat, and several are home to Steelhead Trout, and other fish.

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Berkeley

Berkeley Streets

Our Berkeley Streets project focuses on the main commercial streets in Berkeley, including one block on either side. Downtown, and University Ave and San Pablo are a particular focus.

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Oakland

Oakland Streets

This project focuses on untrashing Oakland City Streets, see the East Bay Highways project for significant overlap.

We’ve divided the city up into Oakland Neighborhood Districts, see list of neighborhoods by district, here: https://tinyurl.com/cjkjthzk

And a map of Oakland districts, here:
 https://tinyurl.com/mn5ja6c

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East Bay Highways

This project focuses on cleaning up around the major highways crossing the East Bay, a great deal of this work is focused on cleaning around homeless encampments.

For encampments on city streets or in parks, see city Streets and Parks projects.

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East Bay Hills

East Bay Canyons

This project includes the East Bay Canyons. This project overlaps with East Bay Creeks, but is focused on the cleaning the land. The canyons above Berkeley, include:

  • Strawberry Canyon

  • Dwight/Derby Canyon

  • Claremont Canyon

Above Oakland, this includes

  • Upper Broadway, Merriewood and Temescal Lake

  • Thornhill Dr /  Montclair / Upper Temescal Creek

  • Shepherd Canyon

  • Joaquin Miller

  • Leona Heights

The Strawberry Canyon and Derby work is led by John Stenzel. We are grateful for support from UC Berkeley Facility Services for trash pickup.

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Richmond, Berkeley, Oakland, East Bay Coastal

Coastal Parklands

This project includes all the Coastal Parklands from the Carquinez Bridge South through Oakland, including the Bay Trail.

Also see East Bay Highways for nearby encampment cleanups.

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