Untrash East Bay

Dedicated to restoring our natural places, and building community.

 

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Our Mission

The Mission of Untrash the Planet is to launch a thousand Untrash Groups, and  to solve the trash problem at it's root: by changing the social norms and fixing the structural problems that drive littering and dumping.

We work locally to discover the most effiicient and effective ways to clean up trashed areas, and to develop interventions that reduce littering and dumping behavior permanently.  We take an experimental and data-driven approach, and are trialing many different interventions designed to reduce trashing.

 

Our goal is to eliminate littering permanently.

Our Projects

Untrash East Bay Currently has 5 Projects and is working on launching a 6th (West Berkeley, including San Pablo Avenue and Aquatic Park)

Our Current Projects include Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Strawberry Canyon, Wildcat Canyon, Mosswood Park in Oakland, and Berkeley Streets. 

Current Project

Grizzly Peak Boulevard Cleanup

From Centennial to Skyline. We've deep-cleaned (including the road and the slopes below for ~50 yards) about 0.8 miles so far, with additional work on the main overlooks. 

Our goal for 2020 is to deep clean the entire 5.5 miles of Grizzly Peak from Centennial Drive to Skyline. 

We are very grateful for support from the City of Oakland and Tilden Park

  • The Oakland Public Works Environmental Stewardship Team for providing us with bags, gloves and tools.

  • Oakland Public Works for providing trash pickup via the Oak 311 Program 

  • The East Bay Regional Parks District, and Tilden Park for providing trash pickup.

Stats

Number of Work Parties 

Miles of Road Deep Cleaned

Bags of Trash

Campsites

Tires

Sofas, Matresses, etc.

Major Applicances

37

0.8

402

1

26

11

2

Current Project

Mosswood Park / Kaiser Hospital Cleanup

Originally, this  project in honor of the Kaiser Hospital staff who were facing the  Covid storm. 

But as we got deeper into cleaning the park, we realized that the park itself was deeply compromised by the impact of the homeless campsites that overtook the park in 2019. That legacy includes hundreds of hypodermic needles and micro-trash embedded in the mud boarding Broadway.


Our goal is to restore the park to it's natural state. This area is native oak habitat, our goal is to restore it to a state where anyone can experience the feel of an oak forest; and it's safe for kids to play in the dirt.

This cleanup includes Mosswood Park itself and the Highway offramps in this area.

We are very grateful for support from the City of Oakland Public Works Environmental Stewardship Team for providing us with bags, gloves and tools. And Oakland Public Works for providing trash pickup via the Oak 311 Program 

Stats

Number of Work Parties

Bags of Trash

Hypodermic Needles

6

58

45

Current Project

Strawberry Canyon Cleanup

From the Stadium to Grizzly Peak along Centennial. Our current focus is the area around the Strawberry Canyon Firetrail parking lot (see outlined area on map).

 

There is a large amount of trash on the hillside above the pools, primarily from camp sites in the woods. When we've completed this, we'll move up the canyon.

We are very grateful for support from UC Berkeley Facility Services, Landscape Services Operations for trash pickup.

Stats

Number of Work Parties

Miles of Road Deep Cleaned

Bags of Trash

Campsites

Tires

23

-

214

24

5

Current Project

Wildcat Canyon Road

About

Focusing on the stretch from Inspiration Point to San Pablo Dam Road, cleaning both sides of the road for 50-yards on both sides. 

We are very grateful for support from the Contra Costa County Public Works Department for providing trash pickup 

Stats

Number of Work Parties

Miles of Road Deep Cleaned

Dumping Events Cleaned

Bags of Trash

Tires

7

-

18

66

12

Current Project

Berkeley Streets

About

This project is focused on cleaning up the Streets of Berkeley. The areas around University Ave, Ohlone Park and King School are a particular focus.

This work is led by Jeremy Shafer.

Stats

Number of Work Parties

Bags of Trash

13

56