San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program (SMCWPPP) partners with its residents and businesses in preventing pollution of local water bodies; such as creeks, the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. There are several things you can do to help in the effort to keep the bay waters clean from pollution. Just take a few moments to educate yourself on how you can become more aware of these resources and tips. If we all work together, it can add up to make a huge difference. Here are a few things you can do to assist in this program:
In and Around Your Home: Prevent water waste and storm water around your home by cleaning out your garage of unwanted soluble and hazardous waste. Be sure to trash recyclables in the correct bins with lids. Use commercial car washes to avoid runoff. In your home you can help pollution by properly disposing of cooking grease and oil. If you pour it down your sink it can solidify and cause sewer blockage. Using strainers will help catch particles and unwanted contaminants. If you have unwanted medications dispose of them in the proper places that are provided. Visit http://baywise.org/disposal-locations to see where you can dispose of these products.
Your Car: Peninsula Auto Body takes the extra step to make sure we’re 100% green. If you are changing your own oil, brake pads or automotive fluids, take your product waste to free recycling locations throughout the SF Bay Area. Visit http://baywise.org/disposal-locations for more information on where these locations are.
Your Business: There are several businesses that require more pollution awareness than others such as dental, plumbing, restaurants and demolition. However, every business has to be aware of disposable waste in some way or another.
Pollution prevention means reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather than putting them into the waste stream. Whether you’re disposing of copper, food waste, hazardous materials or old greasy parts visit http://baywise.org to educate yourself on how you can help as a resident or a business with the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program. Educate your friends, family, neighbors and employees on how to use these tools and tips provided online.
Let’s remember the City of South San Francisco remains to this day known as The Industrial City, a reflection of its steel mill and ship building past, redefined to reflect the innovative, entrepreneurial and industrious spirit which has made South San Francisco the Biotech Capital of the World. It proudly has 109 active biotech companies and growing! It’s a vibrant community of 67,000+ residents.
Let’s continue to keep this a great city to live in and help keep creeks, the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean clean from pollution.