"Where we live is not a landfill and every day is Earth Day."


CLEARWATERWAYS ORG is a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  Our mission(s): remove man-made refuse from beaches, streams and drains that are outfall areas from urban runoff; habitat restoration; promote anti-littering and alternative packaging.  Where we live is not a landfill...



A paper "hot liquid" cup will not break down into the environment for more than fifty years. It is a greater problem than plastic grocery bags.  The cups are sprayed with liquid polyethylene, the same plastic used on recently banned grocery bags.  When the cups eventually break down they release harmful chemicals into our soil, waterways, and all living things.  The number of cups used annually in The United States is estimated at 165 billion per year.  Essentially, the cup you use for your daily coffee or tea will outlive you.

Polystyrene commonly known as Styrofoam is the most prevalent pollution lining our waterways and high tide lines. It breaks down into small pieces and is extremely difficult to clean up once it's released into the environment.   There are very few recycling facilities that can process Styrofoam.  The eventual release of chemicals into the environment include benzene and toluene--the same chemicals found in gasoline!  Food for thought: hot food placed in a to-go container, melts the container and activates the release of those chemicals into the food.  *The number of polystyrene cups used annually in the United States alone is estimated at 25 billion. 

Clearwaterways is here to educate and encourage even the smallest of gestures you can make to show you care about the world.  For instance: bring a reusable cup to your coffee house, or gather and properly dispose of styrofoam whenever you see it.


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 Before and After: The above bushes were filled with paint cans, acid and pesticide containers,
and human waste (left), until Clearwaterways cleaned it up (right).



The smallest pieces of plastic waste (micro- pollution) in the slide-show above are examples of the biggest problem we face.  Micro- pollution is widespread. Micro-pollution collects at all high tide lines and rivermouths where the tides repeatedly push it around. It eventually makes its way into the ocean currents.  There is no mystery as to the most prevalent products that pollute our waterways. We have taken note and approach producers of those items (namely packaging) in an effort to educate them and offer solutions that won't harm our environment. 

Here are 8 simple ways to get involved:

--Fill out the contact form.

--Help us meet with community leaders.

--Assist us in reporting our findings to the public. 

--Educate your children on the environment

--Encourage local companies to be Earth-friendly.

--Help create awareness of micro-pollution.

--Join us on a beach cleaning expedition.

--Provide financial support, regardless of the amount.