The Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant is celebrating Pollution Prevention (P2) Week throughout the month of September with tours, workshops and other fun events that bring awareness to our creeks and Bay. There are several ways you can participate:
Volunteer on International Coastal Cleanup Day to pick up litter and keep our waterways clean. Last year over 50,000 pounds of trash was collected from Santa Clara County alone. You can register at various locations here: cleanacreek.org
Date: Saturday, September 16 Time: 9am - 12 p.m.
Stop by the EcoCenter in the Palo Alto Baylands to learn about the Bay through hands-on games and activities. Visitors can also tour the new sustainable features of this historic former Sea Scout building. All ages are welcome to this free event. To learn more about the EcoCenter and their programs, visit: www.evols.org
Date: Friday, September 22 Time: Drop in between 11am - 1:30pm Location: 2560 Embarcadero Rd, Palo Alto
Get the scoop on poop! Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the Palo Alto Regional Water Quality Control Plant protects our Bay through wastewater treatment. See how 99% of the biological pollutants are removed from 20 million gallons of our region's wastewater every day. You must be at least 11 years of age to take part in this free event. Visit cleanbay.org to register and watch a short video of how it all works!
Get rid of household hazardous waste safely! Don’t know what to do with your batteries, medicines, paints and other household hazardous waste? Bring it to our weekly drop-off events. Palo Alto residents only.
When: Every Saturday from 9 – 11 a.m. and the first Friday of each month from 3 – 5 p.m. There are some holiday closures. Location: 2501 Embarcadero Way, Palo Alto
Dispose of medications properly. Find convenient drop-off locations to bring your unused, expired or unwanted medications at cleanbay.org
Take advantage of home improvement rebates that capture rainwater for summer use and reduce stormwater runoff (Palo Alto residents only). Learn more at: cityofpaloalto.org/stormwater
National Pollution Prevention (P2) Week began in 1993. It is an annual event led by cities and counties dedicated to reducing water and air pollution at the source. This year’s P2 week is September 18 to 24.
For event details and registration information, visit: cleanbay.org