San Francisco Department of the Environment

Refuse/Reuse

San Franciscans use an estimated 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:

  • Carry a reusable shopping bag

  • Bring a reusable travel mug or water bottle

  • Refuse plastic utensils and straws (if you can)

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


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