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The Water pollution prevention program is a partnership between City and County Association of Governments to reduce pollution from reaching the bay and ocean.  

Water pollution occurs when pollutants are directly or indirectly discharged into water bodies, by way of storm drains, creeks, and runoff, and affects plants and organisms living in and around waterways.   In almost all cases the effect is damaging not only to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities. 

In 2009,The Municipal Regional Stormwater NPDES Permit (MRP) was adopted by the Water Board to address water pollution prevention and covers stormwater discharges from municipalities and local agencies.  

 Illegal Dumping



Hazardous Household Waste

 Household Hazardous Waste Program 
To schedule an appointment for a Hazardous Household Waste event, you must make an appointment through San Mateo County HHW online at:  smchealth.org/hhw or by calling (650) 363-4718, and select option 3.


Plastic Bags

20 billion single-use plastic bags are used every year in California, and most end up in landfills, as litter on land and in our waterways, and harms wildlife.  We can all help reduce plastic and litter just by switching over to reusable items such as reusable shopping bags and reusable water bottles.   You can also participate in local clean-ups-listed under "Family Events" in the City calendar.

BAG IT- The Movie (Watch Trailer
Follow an average american who decides to give up using plastic bags, and ends up learning more than he ever dreamed about plastic in our lives, our oceans, and our bodies.

Red Tail HawkA story of a Red Tail Hawk 

A Red Tail Hawk was found stuck in a tree with a plastic bag around its neck at Nesbit School.  Belmont Fire Engine 14 arrived to find the hawk stuck 40 feet up

in a tree, being harassed by the local band of crows and contacted Animal Control for assistance.  The Animal Control Officer climbed the ladder to find that the Hawk was stuck to the tree with a plastic bag around its neck and attached to a limb on
the tree. Crews removed the plastic bag and additional string from the hawk and was examined by Animal Control.  The Red Tail hawk was reported to be in good condition, released and flew off.



The Polystyrene Ordinance was adopted to reduce litter and to ensure that all food service containers are recyclable or compostable.  If you do not already have recycling or composting collection service at your business, we encourage you to contact your solid waste provider, Recology, at (650) 595-3900.  Recycling and food compost service can reduce your disposal costs as well as ensure that your customers can properly recycle and/or compost at your establishment.




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