San Francisco Department of the Environment


San Franciscans use an estimated one million plastic straws each day and 300 million disposable cups each year. That’s a lot of waste. What's more, two-thirds of the litter that ends up in our Bay is from stuff that we only use once, like straws, cups and other food packaging.* Let’s change that by refusing the things we don’t need and reusing the things we do.

Next time you’re out, be sure to:

  • Refuse plastic utensils and straws (if you can)

  • Bring a reusable travel mug or water bottle

  • Carry a reusable shopping bag


*Clean Water Action, “Taking out the Trash” Bay Area Litter study (2011)

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