17 Feb '12, 4am

100,000 Garbage Bags Worth of Trash Washes into San Francisco Bay Each Year

100,000 Garbage Bags Worth of Trash Washes into San Francisco Bay Each Year

The San Francisco Bay Area is home to some 7.5 million inhabitants, with many paying an exorbitant price for real estate that offers even a slivered view of those namesake waters -- but it turns out that behind the Golden Gate lies much more than meets the eye. According to the results of the first comprehensive assessment of pollution in that famous bay, a mind-boggling 1.36 million gallons of trash are being dumbed in it every year. All that waste, say experts, is be enough to fill 100 thousand kitchen-sized garbage bags! Oh, and it's 100 percent avoidable. The assessment conducted by the Bay Area Stormwater Management Agencies Association found that most of the trash that's muddying the waters of the densely populated region found its way into the bay via storm drains, likely after being discarded a litter on city streets. "Forty-nine percent is plastic -- candy wrapper...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/clean-water/100000-garbage-bags...

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