Days Since Last Untrash
Bags This Week
This project focuses on untrashing Berkeley Parks.
There is significant overlap with East Bay Creeks.
Updates coming soon.
Large, well-used park with a dozen picnic and play areas. The picnic and play areas see significant amounts of trash, some of which flows into the creek below.
Cordonices Creek is an important wildlife resource, and lower stretches of this creek still support steelhead trout.
Live Oak Park
Very well used 5.5 Acre park with a wide range of facilities. The park is large enough that it is used for festivals in the Summer and sometimes has thousands of visitors in a day.
Cordonices Creek is the centerpiece of this park, and is an important wildlife resource; lower stretches of this creek still support steelhead trout.
To thoroughly clean this site, it will need to be sectioned off and cleaned in stages. Once the legacy trash has been removed new trash will be easier to keep in check.
Cesar Chavez Park
Large, 90-acre park. Cesar Chavez Park, built on the site of a former landfill, offers a wide range of recreational opportunities in a marina setting with spectacular views of the three bay bridges, Alcatraz, and Angel Island.
Trash in the park is primarily along Spinnaker Way, the picnic areas in the Southwest corner, and around trash cans.
The wooded area near the Southwest corner of the park (near the circle) used to have campsites. These campsites have been removed, but it is likely there is still residual trash.
This is a popular hangout spot that is trashed on a daily basis.
The goal of this project is to change a culture of trashing. The key to permanently reducing trashing is to change social norms. We have successfully changed a culture of trashing at other hangout spots through a series of interventions, these include:
Frequent, highly visible, and
Research shows that clean areas are trashed less; the reason for this is that clean areas send a social signal that trashing isn’t ok here. Put another way: Trash begets Trash. People out cleaning an area - for free even! - reinforces this point.
While cleaning, greet people as you work (“Hey there, just here for the trash”) Stay positive and don’t scold, shame, or correct. Just do the work, and be open and friendly. People respond very positively to this, and you will get a lot of thanks for your work.
Finally, we will put up signs that read: “You Deserve Clean, Beautiful Parks - 48 Bags of Trash Removed” - we have found these signs to be effective at changing behavior.