Untrash East Bay

Dedicated to restoring our natural places, and building community.

 

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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 work to put in place solutions that reduce littering and dumping permanently.  We take an experimental and data-driven approach, and are trialing many different interventions designed to reduce trashing.

 

Our goal is to eliminate trashing permanently.

Our Projects

Untrash East Bay Currently has 6 Active Projects 

Aquatic Park, Grizzly Peak Boulevard, Strawberry Canyon, Wildcat Canyon, Mosswood Park in Oakland, and Berkeley Streets. 

Current Project

Aquatic Park

About

We are deep-cleaning Aquatic Park and the surrounding areas.

 

Our first three work parties, all in the North, netted 155 bags of trash. They are just the beginning of 20 or so planned work parties in and around the park. We meet every Sunday afternoon, for two hours.

We are grateful for support from the City of Berkeley, Parks, Recreation & Waterfront Department and Public Works Depts for supplying bags, and trash pickup.

Stats

Number of Work Parties

Bags of Trash

Miles of Shoreline Deep-Cleaned

Truckloads of Construction Waste

Mattress or Sofa

Tires

Appliances

Needles

3

155

0.9

1

3

2

1

35

From Trash Pile to Habitat

Current Project

Grizzly Peak Boulevard Cleanup

From Centennial to Skyline. We

  • Organized 40 Work Parties

  • Cleaned 3.5 miles of road

  • Removing over 450 bags of trash

 

To change a culture of trashing along Grizzly

  • We organized Highly Visible Cleanups in order to be Ambassadors for Untrashing

  • We installed 6 new trash barrels, 

  • And put up close to 100 Untrash Signs. 

 

We are delighted to report the amount of trash has fallen dramatically

 

We are very grateful for support from the following programs and groups that made this work possible:

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

  • UC Berkeley Facilities, for providing trash pickup.

  • 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 Cleaned

Bags of Trash Removed

Dumping Events Cleaned

Campsites

Tires

Sofas, Matresses, etc.

Major Applicances

Construction Waste Truckloads

40

3.5 Miles

439

26

2

26

11

2

3

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

Bags of Trash Removed

Campsites Cleaned Up

Tires

26

223

29

5

Current Project

Berkeley Streets

About

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

This work is led by Jeremy Shafer.

Stats

Number of Work Parties

Bags of Trash

13

56

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

Dumping Events Cleaned

Bags of Trash

Tires

8

18

78

12

Trash Pile to Habitat shorter